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Re: [Groff] Introduction

From: Dorai Sitaram
Subject: Re: [Groff] Introduction
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2005 13:13:14 -0400 (EDT)

Meg McRoberts wrote
> I prefer HTML as an output format from the same source that can also
> generate PS, PDF, formatted ASCII...  It's great to get a technical
> document into HTML to display on the web but if I want a printed
> copy, the HTML doc isn't compact enough to be satisfying...

I would have thought so myself, but I've been lately reading about CSS's
"@media print", and it seems to be a highly tweakable way to tell a browser
how it should print an HTML document -- fonts, spacings and margins, text
decoration, ignoring elements that have no relevance for the printed page.

Just last night, I tried adding some "@media print" options to my program
for converting TeX to HTML, and the versions I get by printing (well, I
used preview) from the browser seem to be eerily close to what I'd get by
running TeX on the document.  And I wasn't trying really hard at all.

My respect for CSS shot up several notches...  -- and it also made me
wonder (I'm sure the thought will pass...) why I needed TeX/troff at all,
if I could bring myself to authoring directly in HTML.

Some online blogs that talk about this:  (by CSS guru Erik Meyer)

Some lateral searching may help as well.

Back to lurking.  Thanks for being an interesting crowd.


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