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Re: Html to pdf conversion -- for beach reading

From: Bob Futrelle <bob.futrelle@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2006 22:28:48 -0500
Message-ID: <71d02ff70601271928o2f170e8cpdccd87df19b84c78@mail.gmail.com>
To: Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net>
Cc: Pat Hayes <phayes@ihmc.us>, public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org

Converting a single web page to a multi-page PDF is trivial on many
machines - you just print to PDF.

The problem we're concerned with here concerns presentations that
might consist of 30 or 40 *different* web pages, which we'd like to
print out in one step rather than in 30 or 40 stepss, each taking up a
full sheet of paper.

The RIF charter is a single web page ending in its Sec. 5.7, which is
where the PDF ends.

 -- Bob

On 1/27/06, Adrian Walker <adrianw@snet.net> wrote:
> 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 (:-)
>
>                                      Cheers,  -- Adrian
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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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