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Old 09-13-2007, 06:54 PM   #1
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Problems with Book Designer and some HTML-Files

Recently I tried to format the book "Future Imperfect" by ecconomist David D. Friedman (free draft at: http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Future_Imperfect.html) to lrf-format with Book Designer. Unfortunately it isn't possible to load or copy and paste the html-file in the editor whit out destroying the html-script (sorry, I'm a layman) and losing the linking of footnotes. Could anybody help me to transform this file to the lrf-format. Are there better tools for this task?

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Old 09-13-2007, 07:48 PM   #2
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Recently I tried to format the book "Future Imperfect" by ecconomist David D. Friedman (free draft at: http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Future_Imperfect.html) to lrf-format with Book Designer. Unfortunately it isn't possible to load or copy and paste the html-file in the editor whit out destroying the html-script (sorry, I'm a layman) and losing the linking of footnotes. Could anybody help me to transform this file to the lrf-format. Are there better tools for this task?

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You could also try html2lrf part of the libprs500 package to convert this to LRF. But the real issue here is that a lot of the footnotes are links to external webpages. You won't be able to visit those pages to know what those footnotes mean.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:00 PM   #3
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Thanks, I hope I will get it with html2lrf. I hope that it not necessary to know the meaning of all footnotes, because in a printed version you can't get the linked footnote too.

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Thanks, I hope I will get it with html2lrf. I hope that it not necessary to know the meaning of all footnotes, because in a printed version you can't get the linked footnote too.

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Could be why it is still a work in progress and hopefully eventually the footnotes won't have links.
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Old 09-13-2007, 08:59 PM   #5
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Don't know whether my problem is similar but I had an HTML book that would hang when BD tried to work it. I finally found that the "hanging" was occurring in MS Word as BD was using it. I eventually found an HTML-to-RTF program & then I was able to get it converted to LRF using BD. Never was sure what the problem was.

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Old 09-13-2007, 09:25 PM   #6
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Don't know whether my problem is similar but I had an HTML book that would hang when BD tried to work it. I finally found that the "hanging" was occuring in MS Word as BD was using it. I eventually found an HTMT-to-RTF program & then I was able to get it converted to LRF using BD. Never was sure what the problem was.
I had one book do the same thing. It was with the RTF file after I made some edits to it.
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:15 PM   #7
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web2lrf --url http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Future_Imperfect.html
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:30 AM   #8
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Thank you! Sounds very easy.

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Old 09-14-2007, 03:55 AM   #9
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Looking at the source of the book I'm pretty sure the problem is with MS Word, which has added in a whole bunch of stuff - for example a footnote produces this:

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ftn41' href="#_ftn41" name="_ftnref41" title=""><span
class=MsoFootnoteReference><span style='mso-special-character:footnote'><![if !supportFootnotes]>[41]<![endif]></span></span></a><span
class=MsoFootnoteReference> </span>
I would guess this is what is causing problems for Book Designer.

I'd suggest saving it as plain text and converting from that - though unfortunately you could lose the footnotes. My advice to anyone wanting to produce a decent quality html file for conversion is get a decent text editor program and don't go anywhere near any MS product other than NotePad.

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Old 09-17-2007, 04:00 AM   #10
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@kovidgoyal:

I tried it but got a lot of errormessages and it took a lotof time,so i desided to cancel the prozess. What went wrong?

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This is not working well at all. The problem, is that a lot of the footnotes are URLs. Could you make an option in Web2lrf to specify the level of tracing links that it uses? If we could specify just ONE link level for this it might work.
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There already is web2lrf --help
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There already is web2lrf --help
It says the default is none and yet it is recursing links.
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oh i'm sorry the help shows the wrong default. Default is 1.
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This works....

web2lrf -r 0 -a "David Friendman" -t "Future Imperfect" --url http://www.daviddfriedman.com/Future_Imperfect.html
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