WWW FAQ: How do I convert HTML to (plain ASCII, Postscript, other printable formats)?


How do I convert HTML to (plain ASCII, Postscript, other printable formats)?

There are several ways. Most web browsers have a "save as ascii" option; the quality of the result varies. Lynx, in particular, being a text-based browser, does a credible job if you select the print option and choose "print to local file" instead of an actual printer. Graphical browsers often have a "save as postscript" option; again, quality varies.

A product designed expressly for this purpose is HTMLCon (URL is <URL:http://www.crl.com/~mikekell/index.html> ), a DOS command line application.

If your browser cannot save as postscript or another format which preserves in-line graphics, one option is to use Mozilla Print Gidget . You enter the URL for the page you want to convert and save the document that comes back.

Another interesting product is FaxBack , which allows you to retrieve of any web page from a fax machine.

Thanks to Neal McBurnett for his assistance with this section.


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