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Old 03-08-2009, 03:01 AM   #1
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Wikipedia conversion

Hello all,

I would like to request info from anyone on their conversion of Wikipedia pages to read on their Sony reader (I'm using the 505).

Right now I am using the book conversion utility and saving in open document format. Unfortunately I cannot find a way to remove all of the footnotes (which makes the numbers get highlighted automatically in the text).

Does anyone have a good conversion method? I'd like the titles to be larger, extra lines between paragraphs and NO footnotes whatsoever. I can't find a way to remove footnotes in open office or in calibre.

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Old 03-08-2009, 11:18 AM   #2
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I do plan to give it a whack using the Wikipedia DVD. I just haven't got to it yet.

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Old 03-08-2009, 12:39 PM   #3
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Try this recipe. It is able to scrap any wiki page. You just need to setup manually list of articles for different topics. Like this:

Code:
    ...
    INDEX = 'http://en.wikipedia.org/'
    ...

    def parse_index(self):
        articles = []
        articles.append({
                         'title':'Tree',
                         'date':'',
                         'url':self.INDEX + 'wiki/Tree',
                         'description':'Tree'
                        })
        articles.append({
                         'title':'Tiger',
                         'date':'',
                         'url':self.INDEX + 'wiki/Tiger',
                         'description':'Tiger'
                        })
         
        return [('Articles', articles)]
than just run the recipe and you will get the ebook without images.

This leaves space for improvement but it is something to start working on.
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:46 PM   #4
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I see. That's really great!

Is there a way to grab multiple articles and have each article become a chapter (i.e., an item in the table of contents) inside one book? That'd be nice.
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Old 03-11-2009, 07:23 AM   #5
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That is exactly how this recipe works
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:56 AM   #6
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Thanks, nice work.
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Old 04-09-2009, 02:41 AM   #7
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http://pastebin.com/f3f43c6f9 (my attempt) gives:

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ERROR: Invalid input
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<p>Could not create recipe. Error:<br>unexpected indent (recipe3.py, line 57)
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&OK
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Why is there an unexpected indent on line 57?
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Old 04-09-2009, 03:00 AM   #8
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It turns out calibre gives different line numbers from a command line run:

U:\...Scripts>python wikipedia_two.py
File "wikipedia_two.py", line 53
def parse_index(self):
^
IndentationError: unexpected indent

After seeing that we were able to fix the error. (my tripple quoted section above line 53 was not indented.

Could the line number reporting be fixed?

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Old 04-09-2009, 11:49 AM   #9
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the reason for that is that the GUI adds a few lines to the top of the recipe to make sure it runs, the command line doesn't
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:20 PM   #10
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Is that a static four lines? (then I could subtract it off and find the real error)
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Yeah it is don't recall if it's exactly four or some other number but that is easy to test by deliberately introducing an error
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:03 PM   #12
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Based on the difference observed above I believe that it is strictly four lines (57-53=4). Good info to know.
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