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Re: html 4.0 spec formats

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 05 Apr 1999 17:30:31 -0400
Message-ID: <37092B77.2DBC57E4@w3.org>
To: TOMMY DEWALD <DEWALD.TOMMY@epamail.epa.gov>
CC: www-html-editor@w3.org
> Hello,
> I just spent some time downloading and printing the 4.0 specs for
> reference here in the office.  While I was doing so, I was wondering
> how you manage the master 4.0 spec document while providing copies
> in many different formats, e.g., eps, html, pdf, ascii.  We are developing a
> large document that we'll want to serve through the Web in different
> formats much as the 4.0 spec.

The master is indeed in HTML 4.0:

 HTML -> Text by the Lynx browser.
 HTML -> Postscript: "html2ps"
 PS -> PDF: ps2pdf in LInux
> Do you use MS Word or some other tool to make edits to the master
> document?

No, the HTML produced by those tools is not good enough. We write
some by hand and generate the rest using perl scripts.
> Once you've made these edits, how do you re-create the other formats
> from the updated master document?

We use make files and the aforementioned converters.

Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org) 
Received on Monday, 5 April 1999 17:30:43 UTC

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