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Html to pdf conversion -- for beach reading

From: Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 21:00:23 -0500
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To: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>
Cc: Bob Futrelle <bob.futrelle@gmail.com>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org
Hi Pat and All --

There are actually quite a few html to pdf conversion programs out there.

Attached is a pdf of the RIF charter  ( 
http://www.w3.org/2005/rules/wg/charter ) made with a program called 
"HTML2PDF Pilot".

Download sites are easy to find via Google.

The "demo" version of the program is free.  I have only tried it on the one 
example above, but it seems straightforward.

Of course, the page breaks may not be the best when the pdf is printed, but 
the hard copy should be readable.

Now we can all take our work to the beach (:-)

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At 02:56 PM 1/27/2006 -0600, you wrote:

>>I didn't just say 'only', I also said, "for many purposes".
>>If you know of an automated way to take 30 *separate* web pages and
>>turn them  into a single PDF, I'd like to know about it.
>Yes, that is the key point. I had the same immediate reaction as Xiaoshu, 
>but then I went and actually tried to print out TimBL's SW2004 slidyshow 
>as a single document. I couldn't find any way to do it. It is most 
>frustrating: all the slide contents and formattings are actually specified 
>there in the HTML source, but if you attempt to print it (even when using 
>an HTML editor like GoLive), you only get one of the slides, at best.
>So, here is a suggested Principle of Good Practice for browsers: anything 
>that can be rendered on the screen by processing a single source document, 
>should be printable by a single command. Maybe it will be a mess, needing 
>some work to organize; but at least it will be on paper, so you can stuff 
>it all into your pocket and sort it out later on the beach.
>Pat Hayes
>>-  Bob
>>On 1/27/06, wangxiao <wangxiao@musc.edu> wrote:
>>>  > The only good document, for many purposes, is one that can be
>>>  > printed out in a reasonably compact form and then read, with
>>>  > no computer or web (!) connection, in a coffee shop or on the
>>>  > beach (some months from now here in the North).  But as I
>>>  > look for documents explaining the Semantic Web, I keep
>>>  > finding collections of 20 or 30 web pages each, each page of
>>>  > which has to be printed separately.  Slidy seems to have the
>>>  > same problem, and I've inquired separately about that. Most
>>>  > mags and newspapers offer "printer-friendly" versions of
>>>  > multi-page docs.
>>>  I would be careful about the "only". :-)
>>>  I think it is made as webs document intensionally.  After all, what W3C
>>>  wants is to get people used to web. If people wants to get it in some 
>>> other
>>>  form, it is not difficult to do so with some software.  For instance, you
>>>  can easily create a PDF out of the web document and do whatever you are
>>>  confortable with it later.
>>>  Xiaoshu
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