Conversion of final form data, such as AFP, to XML
Original Publication Date: 2001-Apr-07
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Described herein are 2 methods of converting final form data into XML. The advantage is that a final data format is converted into a flexible intermediate data format. Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) data is final format, ready to print or archive. AFP is not considered available for further downstream processes as XML data is. Converting AFP to XML opens the data in the AFP data stream to additional uses in eBusiness, publishing, etc. Currently there are a number of businesses that generate AFP for printing that would also like to produce XML out of this data for eBusiness applications. There are 2 different mechanisms that can be employed to accomplish the above: 1. Manual Mapping of AFP Physical Areas to XML Elements.