HTML::FormatText::Netrik(3) 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.)


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

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