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RE: [vox-tech] docbook to text
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RE: [vox-tech] docbook to text

No guarantees but have you seen this page?

Exporting to plain text
DocBook also supports plain-text documents. To render a plain ASCII-text
document, use the following command:

sgmltools -b txt filename.sgml
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Overall it looks like a nice article.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: vox-tech-admin@lists.lugod.org 
> [mailto:vox-tech-admin@lists.lugod.org] On Behalf Of Peter Jay Salzman
> Sent: Thursday, June 20, 2002 9:51 AM
> To: vox-tech@lists.lugod.org
> Subject: [vox-tech] docbook to text
> i'm trying to convert docbook sgml to text, and am having a 
> terrible time of it:
> i tried using sgml2txt, but it complained that it didn't know 
> how to handle docbook.  it suggested that i use jade.
> ok.
> reading through jade's help files, it appears that jade 
> doesn't know how to convert sgml to text.  this is starting 
> to feel like UC davis's bureacracy.
> ok.
> i can convert docbook to html (obviously), so i try 
> html2text.  the results have wierd underscoring things in it. 
>  reading through the docs, there's a -nobs option which 
> produces pure text.
> ok.
> i try html2text with -nobs.  the results stink.  the 
> formating is all wrong.  there *should* be a blank line 
> between an <H[1-4]> line and the following text.  verbatim 
> text is all screwed up.
> ok.
> after some searching, i find 'man html2textrc'.   yuck.  i _really_
> don't want to read through this.  the rc file is complicated. 
>  i don't want to spend this amount of time for something as 
> simple as converting html to text.  i shouldn't have to spend 
> more than 5 minutes on such a simple operation.
> ok.
> i can convert man pages to text, so i use docbook-to-man and 
> convert the sgml file to a man page.  the results are worse 
> than awful.  it's completely unreadable.
> are you feeling my pain yet?  this should be simple, and it's 
> turning out to be a nightmare.
> does anyone have any ideas on how to convert a docbook file to text?
> alternatively, if anyone has an .html2textrc file suitable 
> for FAQ style documents, i'd love to have a copy of your dotfile.
> pete
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