Re: [Boost-docs] HTML to PDF translations?

Subject: Re: [Boost-docs] HTML to PDF translations?
From: Paul A. Bristow (pbristow_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-02-11 15:16:34

> -----Original Message-----
> From: boost-docs-bounces_at_[hidden] [mailto:boost-docs-
> bounces_at_[hidden]] On Behalf Of Beman Dawes
> Sent: 11 February 2009 14:33
> To: Boost Documentation List
> Subject: [Boost-docs] HTML to PDF translations?
> John's PDF translations have generated a lot of positive comments. Can
> we do something similar with HTML based documentation?
> I've been using Bullzip (
> to generate PDF from HTML. It works fine as a pseudo-printer, but what
> we need is an html to pdf converter.
> Does anyone have any experience with a html to pdf converter that
> would be suitable for automatically generating pdf's for libraries
> that don't want to use quickbook?

IMO it would be *much* better to translate everything from html to

Since it is a wiki-style almost anyone with Notepad or vi can edit it to
correct mistakes and add new stuff.

This is really important for the future as more packages inevitably cease to
be maintained by their original author.

I can sympathize with people not wanting to give up their favourite tool
(the devil they know), but this tool chain has produced by far the best end
results, however complex it seems to get started (I know: I've suffered
major hair loss/elevated blood pressure/deterioration in language/
monitorial defenestration urges ... in the process).

I think we need to make it easier to get the toolchain working (figuring out
why it doesn't is the major hassle), and provide a template and testing pack
to get new documenters started.


Paul A. Bristow
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Kendal, UK   LA8 8AB
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