Overview of the Watson™ Document Conversion Service

The IBM Watson™ Document Conversion Service converts a single HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Word™ document. The input document is transformed into normalized HTML, plain text, or a set of JSON-formatted Answer units that can be used with other Watson services, like the Watson Retrieve and Rank Service.

Document Conversion Basic Flow

To use the Document Conversion Service to convert a document, input a single document, select a conversion output type, optionally customize the conversion, convert the document, and then view the output. To quickly start using the service, see the Tutorial.

To use the Document Conversion Service, input a single document, select a conversion output type, convert the document, and then view the output.

Supported languages

The Document Conversion service supports content in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.

Getting Started with the Document Conversion Service

To begin working with the Document Conversion Service:

  • You can see a quick demo of the Document conversion service in action. The demo application lets you upload a test HTML, PDF, or Microsoft Word document, and then convert it into answer units, or HTML. Answer units are optimized for use with the Learning to Rank Service.

  • Start using the Document Conversion Service by doing a basic conversion and a basic conversion with customizations. For a step by step guide for doing the conversion with cURL, see the Tutorial, and for API parameter details, see the API reference page.

  • To interact with this API, use the Document Conversion Service API explorer. Use the explorer to test your calls to the API, and to view live responses from the server.

Your questions and feedback

Find answers to your questions about Watson in our developer communities:

  • For programming questions, go to the Watson forums on StackOverflow.

  • For questions and comments about Watson products and services, go to the Watson forum on dWAnswers.

  • To read posts about Watson services from IBM researchers, developers, and other experts, go to the Watson blog.