Author image Kevin Ryde
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HTML::FormatText::Elinks - format HTML as plain text using elinks


 use HTML::FormatText::Elinks;
 $text = HTML::FormatText::Elinks->format_file ($filename);
 $text = HTML::FormatText::Elinks->format_string ($html_string);

 $formatter = HTML::FormatText::Elinks->new (rightmargin => 60);
 $tree = HTML::TreeBuilder->new_from_file ($filename);
 $text = $formatter->format ($tree);


HTML::FormatText::Elinks turns HTML into plain text using the elinks program.

The module interface is compatible with formatters like HTML::FormatText, but all parsing etc is done by elinks.

See HTML::FormatExternal for the formatting functions and options, all of which are supported by HTML::FormatText::Elinks with the following caveats.


As of Elinks 0.12pre2 (Oct 2008) has various unibyte input charsets but the only multibyte input charset accepted is utf-8. You could recode others to utf-8 if necessary (but this module doesn't attempt to do that automatically).

Elinks can be a little picky about its charset names. This module attempts to ease that by for instance turning "latin-1" (not accepted) into "latin1" (which is accepted). A full name "ISO-8859-1" etc is accepted too.


HTML::FormatExternal, elinks(1)



Copyright 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 Kevin Ryde

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