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Linux 2.6 - man page for html2text (linux section 1)

html2text(1)									     html2text(1)

       html2text - an advanced HTML-to-text converter

       html2text -help
       html2text -version
       html2text  [  -unparse  | -check ] [ -debug-scanner ] [ -debug-parser ] [ -rcfile path ] [
       -style ( compact | pretty ) ] [ -width width ] [ -o output-file ] [ -nobs  ]  [	-ascii	|
       -utf8 ] [ -nometa ] [ input-url ...  ]

       html2text  reads HTML documents from the input-urls, formats each of them into a stream of
       plain text characters, and writes the result to standard output (or into  output-file,  if
       the -o command line option is used).

       If no input-urls are specified on the command line, html2text reads from standard input. A
       dash as the input-url is an alternate way to specify standard input.

       html2text understands all HTML 3.2 constructs, but can render only part of them due to the
       limitations  of the text output format. However, the program attempts to provide good sub-
       stitutes for the elements it cannot render.  html2text parses HTML 4 input, too,  but  not
       always  as  successful  as  other HTML processors. It also accepts syntactically incorrect
       input, and attempts to interpret it "reasonably".

       The way html2text formats the HTML documents is controlled by formatting  properties  read
       from  an RC file.  html2text attempts to read $HOME/.html2textrc (or the file specified by
       the -rcfile command line option); if that file cannot be read, html2text attempts to  read
       /etc/html2textrc.  If no RC file can be read (or if the RC file does not override all for-
       matting properties), then "reasonable"  defaults  are  assumed.	The  RC  file  format  is
       described in the html2textrc(5) manual page.

       Debian	version   of   html2text   also   can	do   input   and   output  recoding  (see
       /usr/share/doc/html2text/README.Debian for more info).  html2text tries to fetch  encoding
       from  HTML  document.  If encoding is not specified, you can use -ascii and -utf8 options.
       Output is converted to user's locale charset (LC_CTYPE).

	      By default, Debian version of html2text use 'meta http-equiv' tag for input  recod-
	      ing. This option cancels this behavior.

       -ascii By default, when -nometa is supplied, html2text uses UTF-8 for the output. Specify-
	      ing this option, plain ASCII is used instead. To find out how non-ASCII  characters
	      are rendered, refer to the file "ascii.substitutes".

       -utf8  By  default,  when  -nometa  is  supplied, html2text uses ISO 8859-1 for the input.
	      Specifying this option, UTF-8 is used instead (both for  input  and  output).  This
	      option implies -nobs.

       -check This  option  is	for diagnostic purposes: The HTML document is only parsed and not
	      processed otherwise. In this mode of operation,  html2text  will	report	on  parse
	      errors  and  scan  errors, which it does not in other modes of operation. Note that
	      parse and scan errors are not fatal for html2text, but may cause mis-interpretation
	      of the HTML code and/or portions of the document being swallowed.

	      Let  html2text report on the tokens being shifted, rules being applied, etc., while
	      scanning the HTML document. This option is for diagnostic purposes.

	      Let html2text report on each lexical token scanned, while scanning the  HTML  docu-
	      ment. This option is for diagnostic purposes.

       -help  Print command line summary and exit.

       -nobs  By  default,  original  html2text  renders  underlined  letters with sequences like
	      "underscore-backspace-character" and boldface  letters  like  "character-backspace-
	      character".  Because of issues with UTF-8, Debian version of html2text doesn't pro-
	      duce backspaces, so this option really does nothing.

       -o output-file
	      Write the output to output-file instead of standard output.  A  dash  as	the  out-
	      put-file is an alternate way to specify the standard output.

       -rcfile path
	      Attempt to read the file specified in path as RC file.

       -style ( compact | pretty )
	      Style  pretty changes some of the default values of the formatting parameters docu-
	      mented in html2textrc(5).  To find out  which  and  how  the  formatting	parameter
	      defaults	are  changed,  check  the file "pretty.style". If this option is omitted,
	      style compact is assumed as default.

	      This option is for diagnostic purposes: Instead of formatting the parsed	document,
	      generate	HTML  code,  that is guaranteed to be syntactically correct. If html2text
	      has problems parsing a syntactically incorrect HTML document, this option may  help
	      you to understand what html2text thinks that the original HTML code means.

	      Print program version and exit.

       -width width
	      By  default,  html2text formats the HTML documents for a screen width of 79 charac-
	      ters. If redirecting the output into a file, or if your terminal has a width  other
	      than  80	characters,  or  if you just want to get an idea how html2text deals with
	      large tables and different terminal widths, you may want	to  specify  a	different

	      System wide parser configuration file.

	      Personal parser configuration file, overrides the system wide values.

       HTML 3.2 (HTML 3.2 Reference Specification - http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html32),

       Debian version of html2text have no http support. Use html2text through pipes with curl or
       wget instead. See README.Debian for more information.

       html2text was written to convert HTML 3.2 documents. When using it with	HTML  4  or  even
       XHTML  1  documents, some constructs present only in these HTML versions might not be ren-

       html2text was written up to version 1.2.2 by Arno Unkrig <arno@unkrig.de> for  GMRS  Soft-
       ware GmbH, Unterschleissheim.

       Current maintainer and primary download location is:
       Martin Bayer <mail@mbayer.de>

       This man page was modified for Debian by Eugene V. Lyubimkin <jackyf.devel@gmail.com> <>

       html2textrc(5), less(1), more(1)

					    2008-09-20				     html2text(1)

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