htmldoc man page

htmldoc — convert html source files into html, postscript, or pdf.

Synopsis

htmldoc [options] filename1.html [ ... filenameN.html ]

htmldoc [options] -

htmldoc [filename.book]

Description

HTMLDOC converts HTML source files into indexed HTML, PostScript, or Portable Document Format (PDF) files that can be viewed online or printed. With no options a HTML document is produced on stdout.

The second form of HTMLDOC reads HTML source from stdin, which allows you to use HTMLDOC as a filter.

The third form of HTMLDOC launches a graphical interface that allows you to change options and generate documents interactively.

Common Mistakes

There are two types of HTML files - structured documents using headings (H1, H2, etc.) which HTMLDOC calls "books", and unstructured documents that do not use headings which HTMLDOC calls "web pages".

A very common mistake is to try converting a web page using:

htmldoc -f filename.pdf filename.html

which will likely produce a PDF file with no pages. To convert web page files you must use the --webpage or --continuous options at the command-line or choose Web Page or Continuous in the input tab of the GUI.

Options

The following command-line options are supported by HTMLDOC:

--batch filename.book
Generates the specified book file without opening the GUI.
--bodycolor color
Specifies the background color for all pages.
--bodyfont {courier,helvetica,monospace,sans,serif,times}
--textfont {courier,helvetica,monospace,sans,serif,times}
Specifies the default typeface for all normal text.
--bodyimage filename
Specifies the background image that is tiled on all pages.
--book
Specifies that the HTML sources are structured (headings, chapters, etc.)
--bottom margin
Specifies the bottom margin in points (no suffix or ##pt), inches (##in), centimeters (##cm), or millimeters (##mm).
--charset {8859-1...8859-15}
Specifies the ISO character set to use for the output.
--color
Specifies that PostScript or PDF output should be in color.
--continuous
Specifies that the HTML sources are unstructured (plain web pages.) No page breaks are inserted between each file or URL in the output.
--datadir directory
Specifies the location of the HTMLDOC data files, usually /usr/share/htmldoc or C:\Program Files\HTMLDOC.
--duplex
Specifies that the output should be formatted for double-sided printing.
--effectduration { 0.1..10.0 }
Specifies the duration in seconds of PDF page transition effects.
--embedfonts
Specifies that fonts should be embedded in PDF and PostScript output.
--encryption
Enables encryption of PDF files.
--fontsize size
Specifies the default font size for body text.
--fontspacing spacing
Specifies the default line spacing for body text. The line spacing is a multiplier for the font size, so a value of 1.2 will provide an additional 20% of space between the lines.
--footer fff
Sets the page footer to use on body pages. See the HEADERS/FOOTERS FORMATS section below.
--format format
-t format
Specifies the output format: html, htmlsep (separate HTML files for each heading in the table-of-contents), ps or ps2 (PostScript Level 2), ps1 (PostScript Level 1), ps3 (PostScript Level 3), pdf11 (PDF 1.1/Acrobat 2.0), pdf12 (PDF 1.2/Acrobat 3.0), pdf or pdf13 (PDF 1.3/Acrobat 4.0), or pdf14 (PDF 1.4/Acrobat 5.0).
--gray
Specifies that PostScript or PDF output should be grayscale.
--header fff
Sets the page header to use on body pages. See the HEADERS/FOOTERS FORMATS section below.
--headfootfont font
Sets the font to use on headers and footers.
--headfootsize size
Sets the size of the font to use on headers and footers.
--headingfont typeface
Sets the typeface to use for headings.
--help
Displays a summary of command-line options.
--helpdir directory
Specifies the location of the HTMLDOC on-line help files, usually /usr/share/doc/htmldoc or C:\Program Files\HTMLDOC\DOC.
--jpeg[=quality]
Sets the JPEG compression level to use for large images. A value of 0 disables JPEG compression.
--left margin
Specifies the left margin in points (no suffix or ##pt), inches (##in), centimeters (##cm), or millimeters (##mm).
--linkcolor color
Sets the color of links.
--links
Enables generation of links in PDF files (default).
--linkstyle {plain,underline}
Sets the style of links.
--logoimage filename

Specifies an image to be used as a logo in the header or footer in a PostScript or PDF document, and in the navigation bar of a HTML document.

Note that you need to use the --header and/or --footer options with the l parameter or use the corresponding HTML page comments to display the logo image in the header or footer.

--no-compression
Disables compression of PostScript or PDF files.
--no-duplex
Disables double-sided printing.
--no-embedfonts
Specifies that fonts should not be embedded in PDF and PostScript output.
--no-encryption
Disables document encryption.
--no-jpeg
Disables JPEG compression of large images.
--no-links
Disables generation of links in a PDF document.
--no-numbered
Disables automatic heading numbering.
--no-pscommands
Disables generation of PostScript setpagedevice commands.
--no-strict
Disables strict HTML input checking.
--no-title
Disables generation of a title page.
--no-toc
Disables generation of a table of contents.
--numbered
Numbers all headings in a document.
--nup pages
Sets the number of pages that are placed on each output page. Valid values are 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, and 16.
--outdir directory
-d directory
Specifies that output should be sent to a directory in multiple files. (Not compatible with PDF output)
--outfile filename
-f filename
Specifies that output should be sent to a single file.
--owner-password password
Sets the owner password for encrypted PDF files.
--pageduration {1.0..60.0}
Sets the view duration of a page in a PDF document.
--pageeffect effect
Specifies the page transition effect for all pages; this attribute is ignored by all Adobe PDF viewers...
--pagelayout {single,one,twoleft,tworight}
Specifies the initial layout of pages for a PDF file.
--pagemode {document,outlines,fullscreen}
Specifies the initial viewing mode for a PDF file.
--path
Specifies a search path for files in a document.
--permissions permission[,permission,...]
Specifies document permissions for encrypted PDF files. The following permissions are understood: all, none, annotate, no-annotate, copy, no-copy, modify, no-modify, print, and no-print. Separate multiple permissions with commas.
--pscommands
Specifies that PostScript setpagedevice commands should be included in the output.
--quiet
Suppresses all messages, even error messages.
--referer url
Specifies the URL that is passed in the Referer: field of HTTP requests.
--right margin
Specifies the right margin in points (no suffix or ##pt), inches (##in), centimeters (##cm), or millimeters (##mm).
--size pagesize
Specifies the page size using a standard name or in points (no suffix or ##x##pt), inches (##x##in), centimeters (##x##cm), or millimeters (##x##mm). The standard sizes that are currently recognized are "letter" (8.5x11in), "legal" (8.5x14in), "a4" (210x297mm), and "universal" (8.27x11in).
--strict
Enables strict HTML input checking.
--textcolor color
Specifies the default color of all text.
--title
Enables the generation of a title page.
--titlefile filename
--titleimage filename
Specifies the file to use for the title page. If the file is an image then the title page is automatically generated using the document meta data and title image.
--tocfooter fff
Sets the page footer to use on table-of-contents pages. See the HEADERS/FOOTERS FORMATS section below.
--tocheader fff
Sets the page header to use on table-of-contents pages. See the HEADERS/FOOTERS FORMATS section below.
--toclevels levels
Sets the number of levels in the table-of-contents.
--toctitle string
Sets the title for the table-of-contents.
--top margin
Specifies the top margin in points (no suffix or ##pt), inches (##in), centimeters (##cm), or millimeters (##mm).
--user-password password
Specifies the user password for encryption of PDF files.
--verbose
-v
Provides verbose messages.
--version
Displays the current version number.
--webpage
Specifies that the HTML sources are unstructured (plain web pages.) A page break is inserted between each file or URL in the output.

Header/Footer Formats

The header and footer of each page can contain up to three preformatted values. These values are specified using a single character for the left, middle, and right of the page, resulting in the fff notation shown previously.

Each character can be one of the following:

blank
/
n/N arabic page numbers (1/3, 2/3, 3/3)
:
c/C arabic chapter page numbers (1/2, 2/2, 1/4, 2/4, ...)
1
arabic numbers (1, 2, 3, ...)
a
lowercase letters
A
uppercase letters
c
current chapter heading
C
current chapter page number (arabic)
d
current date
D
current date and time
h
current heading
i
lowercase roman numerals
I
uppercase roman numerals
l
logo image
t
title text
T
current time

Environment Variables

HTMLDOC looks for several environment variables which can override the default directories, display additional debugging information, and disable CGI mode:

HTMLDOC_DATA
This environment variable specifies the location of HTMLDOC's data and fonts directories, normally /usr/share/htmldoc or C:\Program Files\Easy Software Products\HTMLDOC.
HTMLDOC_DEBUG
This environment variable enables debugging information that is sent to stderr. The value is a list of any of the following keywords separated by spaces: "all", "links", "memory", "remotebytes", "table", "tempfiles", and/or "timing".
HTMLDOC_HELP
This environment variable specifies the location of HTMLDOC's documentation directory, normally /usr/share/doc/htmldoc or C:\Program Files\Easy Software Products\HTMLDOC\doc.
HTMLDOC_NOCGI
This environment variable, when set (the value doesn't matter), disables CGI mode. It is most useful for using HTMLDOC on a web server from a scripting language or invocation from a program.

See Also

HTMLDOC Software Users Manual

http://www.msweet.org/projects.php/HTML…

Author

Michael R Sweet

Copyrights and Trademarks

HTMLDOC is copyright 1997-2014 by Michael R Sweet. This program is free software. Distribution and use rights are outlined in the file "COPYING.txt".

The Adobe Portable Document Format is Copyright 1985-2005 by Adobe Systems Incorporated. Adobe, FrameMaker, and PostScript are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems, Incorporated.

This software is based in part on the work of the Independent JPEG Group and FLTK project.

No Warranty

This program 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.

Info

HTMLDOC 1.8.28 5 January 2014 Michael R Sweet