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Old 01-23-2007, 02:01 AM   #91
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Given what I'm planning to do it should be possible to write a plug-in for BBeBinder. It's not cast in stone yet but the current interface for back ends is pretty simple.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:28 AM   #92
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It turns out with NYT that if you use the guid elements to get the story you need to login, but if you use the link elements you do not. I have published a working feed for NYT that you can subscribe to.
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Old 01-23-2007, 02:55 AM   #93
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Newsweek is done and working too....
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Old 01-24-2007, 06:07 PM   #94
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Dear GeekRaver--

Thank you once again for all of your fine work. The New York Times works like a charm. Newsweek is still giving me problems--the .rtf output looks like this:

7 Simple Ideas That Can Save the World
7 Simple Ideas That Can Save the World - Newsweek: International Editions - MSNBC.com .updateTime{font:10px Arial;color:#000000;} .credit{font:10px Arial;color:#999999;} .head{font:bold 18px Verdana;color:#CC0000;} .abstract{font:14px Verdana;color:#000000;} .title{font:bold 12px Verdana;color:#000000;padding:3px 0px 3px 0px;} .source{font:bold 11px Verdana;color:#CC0000;} .footerLink{font:bold 10px Verdana;color:#000000;} .caption{font:10px Verdana;color:#000000;} .textBodyBlack, .copyright{font:12px Verdana;color:#000000;} .copyright{font-style:italic;} var section_name='intl/davos';

I am probably doing something wrong, so if someone can point me in the right direction, I would be much obliged.
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Old 01-24-2007, 06:24 PM   #95
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Dear GeekRaver:

I had this feed working fairly well to a file (not direct to the ereader). All of the sudden I am getting a error and program closure in the HTMLDOC v1.8.27

I reinstalled the HTML and the dll's. Rebooted. Still the same error. Can you guide me?

Thanks,

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Old 01-24-2007, 06:51 PM   #96
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GeekRaver:

When feeding to pdf it crashes HTMLDOC. However, when I feed to pdf without checking the HTMLDOC it seems to work. But of course I get no TOC this way.

I am going to try it on my laptop again. Any ideas why HTMLDOC is crashing?

Cancel that. When I take some of the feeds out it works. I think it is one of the feeds that is causing the problem.

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Old 01-25-2007, 12:19 AM   #97
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Phil:

htmldoc has a bug with TOCs. I think if the TOC is too big it crashes. You can try reduce the number of TOC levels (specified in the htmldoc options).

Fritz:

Are you using htmldoc or the built in PDF generator? The built-in one does not strip <script> tags which may be the problem. This is fixed in release 20 which I will probably release earlier than planned with a few features cut; watch this space.
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Old 01-25-2007, 03:19 AM   #98
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Geekraver,

If you don't mind, another future feature request: Select all/Deselect all checkbox on the main screen.

Just a thought.
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:12 AM   #99
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Geekraver,

If you don't mind, another future feature request: Select all/Deselect all checkbox on the main screen.

Just a thought.
You asked just in time; I'm putting release 20 up now. You can enable/disable all from the Tools menu.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:33 AM   #100
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Dear geekraver--

Thank you once again for your help. I changed the options to use HTML doc and to output the format as .pdf. Everything looks as it should. I added a number of feeds from the NY Times, and it is truly fantastic. The Newsweek setting that you created works wonderfully as well. I tried duplicating it for the other sections with the same settings but with differing results. I wonder if the link extraction pattern needs to be different. I am going to look at the feeds to see if I can figure this out. In any event, I am thrilled with the direction this software is going.
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:57 PM   #101
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Thats a shame as I'm looking at an RSS import for BBeBinder and your html output converts quite nicely to LRF. What I was thinking of was to wrap your output engine as a library and use that.


If you do change your mind at any point then let me know. (Note BBeBinder is totally opensource).
Andy, right now with release 20 you could write a plug-in for rss2book to generate LRF. You need to implement IHtmlConverter (add a reference to IHtmlConverter.dll), which is pretty straightforward:

[Flags]
public enum FontStyle
{
Normal = 0,
Italic = 1,
Bold = 2,
Underline = 4
}

public enum TypeFace
{
Courier,
Helvetica,
TimesRoman
}

public interface IHtmlConverter
{
string Name // e.g. "PDF"
{
get;
}
string Extension // e.g. ".pdf"
{
get;
}
void Initialize(int leftMargin,
int rightMargin,
int topMargin,
int bottomMargin,
int pageWidth,
int pageHeight,
TypeFace font, // for normal text
int fontSize // for normal text
);

void HandleText(string text, TypeFace face, FontStyle style);
void FlushParagraph(); // called at <p> elements
void LineBreak(); // called at <br> elements
void EnterHeader(int level); // called at <h1>, <h2>, etc
void ExitHeader(); // called at </h1>, ...
void StartUnorderedList(); // called at <ul>
void StartOrderedList(); // called at <ol>
void FlushListItem(); // called at end of <li>
void EndList(); // called at </ul> or </ol>
void AddImage(string fname); // called for <img>
byte[] GetBytes(); // called at end to get the converted output
}

The DLL for your plugin needs to have a name starting with "write", and go in the same directory as rss2book.exe.

As you can see most entry points are for simple demarcating elements. HandleText is called for the text between elements. Right now the typeface can't change so HandleText will always pass the default typeface through, but the style can change (to combinations of bold and italic).

There is a chance I'll make front-ends plug-ins too but that is a much more ambitious project as it requires custom UI for each (I'm thinking things like rss, html, wikipedia, Gutenberg, ...). So writing a back-end converter plug-in is the easiest approach for now.

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Old 01-25-2007, 01:15 PM   #102
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Geekraver

You are "His Geekness". It was a TOC problem with one of the feeds. Cutting the levels allows the files to be combined and downloaded.

I'll move to 2.0 and send you some $$$.

Keep up the good work.

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Old 01-25-2007, 09:46 PM   #103
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Ok. So where are the binaries? I don't see them attached to any message on the thread. Am I missing something?
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Old 01-26-2007, 01:15 AM   #104
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Sorry, I did upload them, or so I thought, but you're right, they weren't there. They are now.
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:32 PM   #105
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hello all ,

geekraver good work

is it possible to create .pdf format file of the engadget rss feeds for the past 10 days ( http://www.engadget.com/rss.xml ) using this software ?
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