SGML is billed as a key to making your data vendor-independent. Freedom!is a rallying cry of the SGML community. Inspired, you migrate your data to SGML, only to discover that important clients and business partners still want it in the format of their favorite word processor, WWW browser, or publishing system and they expect you to translate it for them. How will you translate your data from SGML to other formats? In this article, we discuss several solutions to this translation problem. Along the way, we visit some key features and concepts of tools that address this problem, and we relate the problem to the DSSSL standard. Finally, we investigate the translation problem and the roles of SGML and DSSSL in the context of digital libraries.