[Q] Word-processor to HTML converter?
Sun Nov 13 03:55:13 EST 1994
Lachlan Cranswick (lachlan at dmp.csiro.au) wrote:
: I would also appreciate a discussion on
: how other people are converting existing scientific
: information and onto the WWW.
: It is hard to see our scientists spending
: much time on this unless existing Word-Proccessor
: documents (with all the appropriate formatting
: already present) could easily be converted into HTML.
I agree entirely. The documentation which is written in biological
sciences will require to ba available on three media, however:
(1) professionally printed
(2) Word Processors for the desktop
However, there is a major catch with the 'conversion', and this
is that you require a dedicated editor in order to be composed.
E.g. a Wordprocessor on a PC will use a proprietary format, and a
HTML editing is reasonably done in a specific environment which
might not be portable. And, what happens if gobbledygook becomes
the new format in three years? We will need to invent just another
compiler or converter.
We have, therefore, developed a simple meta-language which allows to
write generic format. The background paper on this is submitted.
You might want to read http://www.ch.embnet.org/jam/int_unix/APPEND15.HTML
and have a look how we use this format in various environments; the
http://www.ch.embnet.org/teaching/biocomputing/oct94.html page tells you
more about the framework.
The idea is that most scientific documentation can be easily written
in a simple format, and brushed up by a 'compiler' which makes best
use of the format to be compiled into. Our JAM converter translates,
currently, our JAM files in either LaTEX (for professional printing),
RTF (for the PC/Mac environment), and HTML for W3. Ite converter comes
with or without GUI and runs on most platforms available today - look at
ftp://bioftp.unibas.ch/archive_data/survival for details.
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