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Re: [vox-tech] Suggestions for cleaning up repetitive HTML tags?
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Re: [vox-tech] Suggestions for cleaning up repetitive HTML tags?

Check out ANTLR and perhaps creating a grammar for it and some of
your own production rules.


I am doing some stuff with ANTLR at the moment parsing fixed field data
results from a mainframe query.


On Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 10:48:58AM -0700, Bill Kendrick wrote:
> I've come across some documents that are formatted in
> such a way that, when converted to HTML, they come out
> something like this:
>   <font face="Arial">And</font> <font face="Arial">then</font>
>   <font face="Arial">they</font> <font face="Arial">looked</font>
> or even worse:
>   <font face="Arial">A</font><font face="Arial">n</font><font
>   face="Arial">d</font>
>   ...
> I've come up with a way, using PHP's DOMDocument system, to
> scrape a file clear of these, but it's very slow, and it's
> basically something that can be done on a stream of text
> (rather than having to worry about the document's structure).
> I'm thinking of writing something in PHP or C to clean stuff
> like this up, but am wondering if anyone else has any experience
> and suggestions?
> (And yes, I've used "htmltidy", but while that can merge _nested_
> styles, e.g., a "<font face="Arial"><font size=+1>" get
> combined into its own CSS stype, e.g., "<span class="c123">",
> it doesn't seem to be able to merge _consecutive_ styles,
> as shown in the examples above. :^/ )
> -- 
> -bill!
> Sent from my computer
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Brian Lavender

"There are two ways of constructing a software design. One way is to
make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies. And the other
way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies."

Professor C. A. R. Hoare
The 1980 Turing award lecture
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