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Old 10-13-2008, 05:23 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Tool to easily clean and refurbish html-text before conversion

What I was looking for was an easy way to go through the html-files I created before I formated them to mobi.
I used to use a simple text editor to go through the source and then check the result in a browser, but this is rather annoying with long documents.

While searching for a simple WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) I was very close to desperation as there are thousands of them out there, some even free - but the main problem was that they created bulky code and there was no way to force them not to.
I know that bookdesigner is a tool to do it, but I never found it to be intuitive and I had a lot of trouble editing non english books.

Even though my requirements were simple (at leasts I thought so ) it took me a lot of tries to find the perfect program:

I finaly ended up with kompoZer, an unofficial successor of Nvu.

It allows to
  • edit the text directly in HTML view (WYSIWYG)
  • also view sourcecode and graphical html-tags
  • find and replace text in all the views
  • create lists by simply marking the text and pressing a button
  • disable the use of CSS elements (essential!)
You can even copy and paste text from your browser.

kompoZer is fast, stable and easy to use - I hope it will help some of you the way it helps me
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Old 10-13-2008, 06:11 AM   #2
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my favourite tool for converting html books is a commandline program demoroniser.
http://www.fourmilab.ch/webtools/demoroniser/
it processes html sources and removes all the fancy characters that Microsoft tools insert into html code. Problem is all those fancy curly quotes, non-breaking spaces, optional hyppens, em-dashes, en-dashes, ... in some html files are non standard and display on my reader as very distracting two-exotic-character-combinations. Such files are practically unreadable.

I know that quite a lot of people here are very fond of their properly formated curly braces, em-dashes, em-dashes, and other typographical sugar, but when such things display on my reader as unreadable characters I resort to demoroniser or my own scripts written in vim.

By the way, I always use nvu generated html code as a textbook example how a really well written html code is supposed to look. I also use MSWord generated html code as an oposite example.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:40 AM   #3
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Amaya is also good.
And, being developed by W3C, I suppose it's strictly standard-compliant...
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Old 10-13-2008, 10:16 AM   #4
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Amaya is good aswell but I found it to be a bit big and slow sometimes.
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