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Old 04-27-2009, 04:38 PM   #2
Nate the great
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I can help you do it. I had about 500 words explaining how but I lost it due to a bad connection, dammit. Here is enough to give you an idea:

Steps:
1, eyeball enough files to identify all the formatting styles;

(1a, write the programs; )

2, run all the files through an identifier program (I can write it for you), get back a copy of each file with new text added to the first few lines (needed to ID the style of a given file);

3, run all the copies of the files through a cleaner program which will perform specific actions to fix a given style.

Preferred Tools: jflex (or flex);

If I did it, I would take the information learned in step one and write regular expression to define each detail. I would then use jflex to write the actual source code for the programs in steps 2 and 3.


P.S. If you want to be really adventurous, you could combine the latter two steps by writing and running a yacc/jflex parser. It would be a lot more work, though.

P.P.S. I could do this for you. Recently I've been doing something very similar to this. The World Fact eBook I converted required several runs through various cleanup programs in order to remove the excess web formatting.
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