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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for rtf2rtf (redhat section 1)

RTF2RTF(1)			     General Commands Manual			       RTF2RTF(1)

       rtf2rtf - programs to postprocess the raw RTF generated by the mapping files

       rtf2rtf [options] ..

       This manual page documents briefly the rtf2rtf commands.  This manual page was written for
       the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page
       for rtf2rtf.

       rtf2rtf is a program to postprocess the raw RTF generated by the mapping files.

       It  is used by other programs in sgml-tools (v1), and usually normal user does not need to
       use this program directly.

       Following is quoted from the README in the source tree.

       (Begin Quotes)

       I'm not proud of this code. It's a hack foisted upon a hack, nested within another hack or
       two.   It  sort of works well enough for my purposes (generating WinHelp .RTF files for my
       documents), but it could definitely use a redesign/rewrite. It started as a simple  pertu-
       bation of the html2html filter, but got ugly very quickly...

       I shamelessly blame the RTF format for most of the hackery here -- RTF is not a _language_
       like LaTeX or ROFF -- it's just a file format. So, we can't rely on RTF to do even  simple
       things like "insert a paragraph break here only if the previous token was not also a para-
       graph break. Since the SGML front end has no conditional processing capabilities, multiple
       blank  likes  in the SGML get translated to multiple para breaks in the RTF. That's why we
       use a "lex" filter (rtf2rtf) to postprocess the raw RTF generated by the mapping files.

       Again: I offer this to the Linuxdoc community with the hopes that it  will  be  useful  to
       others  and that someone else can help flesh out the missing pieces. What? Missing pieces?
       Yes, recall that I say it works "well enough for  my  purposes".   The  replacement  files
       (general,  mapping)  started  out like as the latex replacement files.  Much of them still
       _are_ the latex replacement files.  I only converted those parts that are actually used by
       my documents. Your documents may require more of the files to be translated to RTF.

       Since  I'm using these mappings for actual documentation, I plan on maintaining this back-
       end, so please send me any improvements -- I'll coordinate with Greg to make sure they get
       into the the next official release.

       (End Quotes)

       The programs does not support normal command line option.

       For a complete description, see the README file in the source archive.

       rtf2rtf	was  written  by  Steve Tynor (tynor@atlanta.twr.com) December 1995.  This manual
       page was written by Taketoshi Sano <sano@debian.org>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but
       may be used by others).


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