Re: HTML Import

Paul Rohr (
Fri, 10 Sep 1999 18:27:12 -0700

At 08:48 AM 9/4/99 -0700, Robert G. Werner wrote:
>I've forgotten where this stands but I suddenly came up with a situation
>where HTML import would be useful to me. Have we had any success with
>this? (I'm not looking for fancy parsing or anything. Just some basic
>layout, maybe proper layout of tables or just approximation thereof).
>IIRC, this was tied to the Word importer.

Ouch! Now that was a painful thread I'd rather not revive:

In short, no. Too many core developers have served their time in the
HTML-parsing gulag to be willing to write such a thing ourselves. In fact
our temptation is to warn off anyone crazy / brave enough to try.

That having been said, I can't see myself refusing patches for a *really*
good importer. Last time I checked, though:

- Mozilla was still not GPL-compatible, and
- the MSIE code is not available at all.

(Just though I should calibrate "good" for you.)


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