demo_writer.pl -- a lame sample program for outputting RTF
Read the source of this program. It's ejumucational.
One of my many superpowers is writing Perl programs that read lexical databases, chew them up, and spit out a tidily formatted dictionary, in RTF.
Why RTF? Just convenience -- I happened to know a bit about RTF, and I didn't know TeX. (And XML+XSL didn't exist at the time.) For ages I wrote (and rewrote, anew each time) completely ad-hoc code to spit out RTF. But after a few years of having to consult the icky RTF Specification to remember how to turn on page numbering, or emit a useful prolog, I decided to write RTF::Writer, to simplify these tasks.
This program, demo_writer.pl, is just an example program that uses RTF::Writer to emit RTF. The RTF it happens to emit, is a miniature lexicon file, based an a miniature lexical database as input.
Sean M. Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org