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Old 07-23-2007, 08:51 PM   #1
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HTML merge tool needed

Hi

do you guys know a good tool to merge a bunch of HTML files to form a single document?

What I'm willing to do is to download manuals or electronic books that are available online and convert them into either LRF, PDF or RTF.
The conversion works best on a single file.

An example of what I'm trying to convert is here:
http://www.zeroc.com/doc/Ice-3.2.0/manual/

I guess there are HTML merge utilities out there... just I don't know where

thanks
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Old 07-23-2007, 10:02 PM   #2
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Hi

do you guys know a good tool to merge a bunch of HTML files to form a single document?

What I'm willing to do is to download manuals or electronic books that are available online and convert them into either LRF, PDF or RTF.
The conversion works best on a single file.

An example of what I'm trying to convert is here:
http://www.zeroc.com/doc/Ice-3.2.0/manual/

I guess there are HTML merge utilities out there... just I don't know where

thanks
If you have say an HTML file that links to another and that links to another and so on, you can use HTML2LRF to convert to LRF easily and it will follow the links and pick up the other files needed.
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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Thanks, I know...
I tried Kovid's tools but am not always happy with the results.
I guess it'll take some shell scripting sed/awk/cat to get the work done...
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:40 PM   #4
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May I ask why not?
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:51 PM   #5
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Hi Kovid

can you please try this:
web2lrf http://www.zeroc.com/doc/Ice-3.2.0/manual/

I guess it's the style-sheet
or could even be that the pages are not perfect XHTML...

thanks
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:37 PM   #6
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The correct commandline for that site should be
Code:
web2lrf --url http://www.zeroc.com/doc/Ice-3.2.0/manual/toc.html
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Old 07-24-2007, 01:39 PM   #7
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yes... my bad.
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Old 07-24-2007, 02:18 PM   #8
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The site converted fine for me, what was the problem?
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The results are ugly.
e.g. formatting sych as code examples vs. "normal" text was lost.

Another problem - which is not the fault of the html2lrf tool - is that it would be nice to remove the header and footer such as the Previous/Next links from every page.
These are needed when the document is presented online, but are only noise when it gets converted for offline viewing.
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Old 07-24-2007, 09:11 PM   #10
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the code examples are in a monospace font, what other formatting do you mean? As for stripping the header/footers easily done by creating a profile for web2lrf.
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thanks

how do I create a profile? where can I find some info on that?

did you use the web2lrf script to get the monospace?
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Old 07-24-2007, 11:29 PM   #12
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Yeah the commandline i posted before gave me monospaced code samples. Unfortunately, at the moment the only way to create new profiles is by editing the source. I'll add an easier way when I get the time. If you're interested look at the web2lrf thread where I've posted the link to some example profiles.
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I use SoftSnow's HTML Merger.

You can get it here:

http://softsnow.griffin3.com/merger/merger.shtml
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thanks Kovid

I had a look at the python source.
Cool stuff.
I'm not a guru on python, am learning it... but I think I can figure it out.
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I use SoftSnow's HTML Merger.

You can get it here:

http://softsnow.griffin3.com/merger/merger.shtml
I've tried to install it on a couple of different machines and it crashes on startup. It is kind of old (2003) so I don't know if it's a dll problem or what.

Have you gotten it to work recently? I remeber running it years ago on my old computer.
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