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HTML::FormatText::Netrik - format HTML as plain text using netrik


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

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


HTML::FormatText::Netrik turns HTML into plain text using the netrik program.

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

netrik normally emits colour escape sequences but that is disabled here (its --bw option) to get plain text.

See HTML::FormatExternal for the formatting functions and options, with the following caveats,

input_charset, output_charset

These charset overrides have no effect. Input might be single-byte only, and output probably follows the input (as of netrik 1.15.7).


netrik version 1.16.1 initializes curses even when doing just a --dump, so if you have a TERM environment variable then it must be a terminal type known to curses (terminfo(5)). If you have no TERM setting then HTML::FormatText::Netrik runs netrik with TERM=dumb so the code here works in a bare environment. (But no attempt is made here to validate or correct an existing TERM value.)


HTML::FormatExternal, netrik(1)



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

HTML-FormatExternal is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3, or (at your option) any later version.

HTML-FormatExternal is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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