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Re: [help-texinfo] [Q] converting pdf to texinfo

From: Karl Berry
Subject: Re: [help-texinfo] [Q] converting pdf to texinfo
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 13:21:00 -0500

Hi Joakim,

    My basic idea is that maybe pdftotext can be used, and then some
    script that converts it to texinfo.

Yes, although since pdftotext loses the original markup, whatever it is,
it would take a fair amount of work to restore it all -- it seems you'd
have to do it by hand, looking at their pdf and inserting the Texinfo
commands (@code, @xref, etc.) in the new source.  I see lots of
cross-references, special terms (bold, italic, typewriter), etc.  All of
that will require attention.

Perhaps it would be worth writing to them, if you can find a contact
address, and ask for the original source.  Even if it's Microsoft Word
(which is kind of what it looks like, given the terrible word/letter
spacing), it would be possible to convert it retaining much of the

    The main point of the exercise would be to use "C-h S" to jump to
    documentation for javascript intrinsincs.

A nice goal for JavaScript hackers.

    The Ecma site seems to say that the specification is public domain
    of charge and copyright)

I agree.  Seems ok to me.

Hope this helps,

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