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We've received several data dictionary files from other entities and they all are in *.htm format. We were hoping to not reinvent the wheel, as these are massive data dictionaries, so does anyone know if there is any way to import these files into Trimble's Pathfinder Office data dictionary editor? This is from more than one entity, so it made me wonder if there's something I'm missing or didn't know about htm files and data dictionary files. Thank you in advance. Here's a snippet of the htm file, I cut out several < dd> and < dt>:

<dt><em>Attribute_Label:</em>  PostSystem</dt>
<dt><em>Attribute_Definition:</em>  Sign post system.</dt>
<dt><em>Attribute_Definition_Source:</em>  GIS/BCPWD</dt>
<dt><em>Attribute_Domain_Values:</em>  
<dl>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain:</em>  
<dd>
<dl>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain_Value:</em>  Other</dt>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:</em>  Other</dt>
</dd>
<dt><em>Attribute_Domain_Values:</em>  
<dl>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain:</em>  
<dd>
<dl>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain_Value:</em>  Round</dt>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:</em>  Round</dt>
</dd>
<dt><em>Attribute_Domain_Values:</em>  
<dl>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain:</em>  
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain_Value:</em>  Telespar</dt>
<dt><em>Enumerated_Domain_Value_Definition:</em>  Telespar</dt>
<dt><em>Attribute:</em>  
<dl>
<dt><em>Attribute_Label:</em>  PostSupport</dt>
<dt><em>Attribute_Definition:</em>  Sign post support.</dt>
<dt><em>Attribute_Definition_Source:</em>  GIS/BCPWD</dt>
<dt><em>Attribute_Domain_Values:</em>
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It has been a while since I worked with a trimble dictionary.
It should be too difficult to parse out the portions you need.
I would start with a small export from trimble to a text file and compare that to your htm (hwhich is just a glorified text file).
I do remember that the dictionary editor has some options for input and output.

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I've tried several ways of importing the files, but Trimble can't read them. The export to ASCII in the data dictionary editor grays out when I try to export a current .ddf file. It seems like it wouldn't be too hard, but I just can't seem to get it. Editing the htm file in a text editor to be readable by Trimble would take as much time as creating a new data dictionary. I thought maybe since I was seeing a lot of data dictionaries in htm format that maybe there was a way around it. Thank you. –  Evan Apr 18 '11 at 17:36
    
I have access to a trimble guy tomorrow. i will discuss with him. can you snippet a small section into your question? –  Brad Nesom Apr 19 '11 at 3:59
    
Thanks Brad. The code snippet is added above. –  Evan Apr 19 '11 at 15:04
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