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Old 04-12-2011, 01:25 PM   #1
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Possible new conversion setting - stripdown

To hopefully save a lot of problems, how about a setting which will strip a lot of the extraneous stuff from Word-html output (or any other output).

The setting can be a non-rembered setting - to save problems where users would 'accidently' lose formatting from edited content.

The conversion could just keep headers, paragraphs and main formatting like italics and bold (and possibly a few others).

The first conversion (and any subsequent conversions) should then also be a LOT faster.

Depending on output - editing will be a lot simpler as well.

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Old 04-12-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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calibre already strips Microsoft CSS automatically, which is what is the slowest to parse.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:39 PM   #3
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I meant so that the output would then be fairly streamlined, just basic paragraphs with some formatting (bold/italics) and headers.

With also possibly an option to remove images/links.
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How's that different from converting to Mardown/Textile TXT today?
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:44 PM   #5
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That's what I do normally, just thought it might be easier for other users to have the simpler 'stripdown' option rather than the multi step of converting to textile/markdown and back again.
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You mean in an EPUB->EPUB conversion? I don't think that's a good idea, there's too much risk that the process will remove something the user didn;t want removed and then unless they've backed up the epub, its gone forever.
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:52 PM   #7
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Yep, fair enough.
Thanks for consideration anyway.

I just thought it might also stop a lot of the threads complaining about the 'stuck at 1%'.

That's also why I suggested a non-remembered setting - so any future edits etc wouldn't then get stripped.

It would only usually be use on first conversion and with Word-html-output.
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At some point I plan to implement a mechanism for automatically backing up the old format in a format->format conversion. Once that's done, we can revisit this.
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Old 04-12-2011, 02:03 PM   #9
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Old 04-12-2011, 03:24 PM   #10
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I believe ldolse was thinking about this very thing as a heuristic option.
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