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Old 09-23-2008, 05:34 PM   #1
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looking for html to text renderer that keeps links

What I am looking for, is an html2text application, that can do something like this

example 1 (newsbeuter)
I’ve moved this post to be a page, but I didn’t want to delete the comments associated with this older post.

You can find the page [1]here.

[1]: (link)
example 2 (mutt)
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I apologise for the length of the second example, even after I removed some text, but I think it is a good example, basically, what I would like is that said html to text renderer, kept the links in this organized manner, it would not stop the flow of reading, and would stay useful, by keeping links I could want to see later, please note however, that the newsbeuter approach is slightly better, because it also keeps links for images (even though that is not obvious in my example), thanks in advance for you help
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'links -dump proto://some/page'?
Old 09-24-2008, 03:28 PM   #3
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actually, even before I posted that question, I was wondering why mutt was rendering the html like that, when (I though), it wasn't supposed to, now that you gave that answer, I got it, it's because of the way I have my .mailcap file set up "text/html; elinks -default-mime-type text/html -dump -dump-charset %{charset} %s; copiousoutput", it was elinks that was doing that, 'elinks -dump' works (almost) as I wanted to (no links to images), actually 'links -dump' isn't doing it for me, for some reason (it's not keeping the links), neither is w3m (it's doing the same as links), and neither is lynx (it's just outputting the htmls source code), all of them I tried simply with the '-dump' option, and nothing more, so maybe I am missing something there, but at least elinks is doing it almost the way I want, and that is the one I usually use (because of the tabbed browsing capabilities), thank you for your help

EDIT - searched a bit on links options, and only had to set '-html-numbered-links 1' and it worked, this time, even better than elinks, since it kept all links, even images, and not only that, it informs me what links are images, once again, thanks for your help

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