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On Mon, Jan 27, 2003 at 02:17:11PM -0800, Peter Jay Salzman wrote:
> the stuff that i do, for example, is completely unsuited for html.
> latex2html documents (aside from being almost as ugly as the tk widget
> set) are very painful to read for more than just a simple and short
> scientific discussion.

Have you ever tried tex4ht?  Available in debian as "tex4ht", otherwise
http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/~gurari/TeX4ht/mn.html

I've had reasonable results using it, but my most recent project involving
it isn't particularly scientific, more simply something that's spending more
time argued over in meetings than looked at online.

The HTML output does end up with all sorts of <div> and <span> tags, but
since the formatting is all in a stylesheet and the stylesheet's version of
sizing is all percentages and ems (current one has, basically, "hr { height
: 1px; }", but it's otherwise free of absolute sizing) it's really all
pretty clean; realistically I'll end up eventually customizing the
stylesheet for a nicer online presentation and breaking the document up into
separate segments with navigation, etc.  But that's beyond what I'd expect
software to do for me automatically.

AFAIK, however, when dealing with formulas it ends up rendering them to a
picture and including an <img> link.

I understand that the preferred format for generating both print and online
versions of a document is the "docbook" format.  Unfortunately, it seems
that this involves too much work creating styles early on to have been
practical for me so far; maybe I'll use it later.
-- 
Eric Eisenhart <*@eric.eisenhart.name>
http://eric.eisenhart.name/
IRC: Freiheit@freenode, AIM: falsch freiheit, ICQ: 48217244

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