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Re: lynx-dev patch

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev patch
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 1999 08:04:20 +0100 (BST)

> 2) Seems lynx is now turned into good html->txt translator (it now justifies

This is a subjective statement by the author written as though it were
an independent review.

>    text and emit backspaces)! The justified ouput looks very nice for

That makes it a bad html to txt convertor, as the text is now difficult
to post-process - it is essentially a final form document.  For printing
purposes, the existing html2ps utility would be a more appropriate choice,
for producing final form documents.

>    documents that contain human words (ie not unspittable URLs). Justification
>    won't happen for CJK texts  ( -justify -dont-wrap-pre -with-backspaces).

Actually, final form documents are when you do want to wrap pre, or have
it fall off the edge of the paper.

> 6) From now seems support for lynx style sheets is very desirable (ie ability

What is needed is support for CSS style sheets (which incidentally
control jusitifiation).

>    to control indents of various text styles) - since justified text looks
>    MUCH wider than non-justified. IMO the width of 'man' output is good.

This is one of the reasons why justification is not normally reccommended
on the sort of short lines that you get on a text mode display.

> begin 644 patch.gz
> M'XL("`QGC#<``W!A=&-H`.P\:W/:R+*?X5?,2:IBS"N(AY]QSF*0`[L8?'C$
> M2>VF5+(8C&(AJ201V^><W-]^NWM&TN``L9US;^W>&V^M(VFF>[I[^JV1I_9L

I'll have to see if I can find time to decrypt this, but things to
check for are that justify (= style="text-align: justify")
interacts correctly with CENTER and <DIV align="center">
(= style="text-align: center").  Incidentally, many web pages are
centered, which means that they cannot also be justified.
(This centring is also because the author likes it.)

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