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Tuesday, May 24th, 2005, 3:54 am


There are Open Source projects that claim to be able to convert PDF files to HTML. See, for example:

None of the tools which I have come across and tested appears to work in a satisfactory manner. It appears that a LATEX (or equivalent) source is required; then, tools such as LATEX 2html or LyX2html can be used with great success.

Personal experience has shown that commercial Windows products will not do a good job either. Needless to mention, screenshots of pages are out of the question because they neglect to treat text properly. That is probably why PDF is not truly open (yet it is secure) and feelings about it are somewhat mixed.

On the contrary, many tools exist for converting HTML (which is open) into PDF. See a Google survey to convice yourself that it is so.

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A one way conversion is always a bad thing

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