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It primary purpose is to translate large numbers of alreadyprepared Word/WordPerfect documents into a form where they can beusefully served onto the World Wide Web (HTML format)
There are still around 5 million WP users worldwide, so there must bea huge number of existing documents which could beusefully converted for Web viewing. It is also used inside other productslike DEC All in One Office, as the Email and document composer/viewer.
Unlike other convertors, Wp2Html will run standalone, quickly on Unixor DOS platforms and correctly converts Tables, Text, Styles and mostformatting codes. It will handle Equations and Figures in a reasonableway preserving most information but is currently limited by therestrictions of HTML as implimented by Netscape.
A full description, the installation proceedure and complete user manualare provided in the registration kit. The evaluation kit has a workabledemonstration version.
If you have neither WordPerfect nor Netscape (or other WWW browser)then you probably don't need Wp2Html anyway!
Here is theevaluation kit for download. When you clickon the link, your browser should prompt you to save the file to disk.
Once you have this file on disk (should be 368128 bytes long)in a suitable directory, simply run it to automatically extract the packed archive. You will get a number of files, one of which is the DOS executable. You also get the full manual. Read thisto get some idea of what the program can do.
You are free to copy and pass on the evaluation kit, so long as it ispassed complete.
To register, see the Online registration form or for more information send an Email firstname.lastname@example.org withwp2html as the first word on the subject line.
What you get by registering is the current latest version of the program andthe manual.The program will continue to bedeveloped and extended, based on user requests, my needs and evolving HTML.Once registered you will receive all new versions as they appear plusoccasional "News Updates" which will contain tips or advance details of newfeatures.
For UNIX versions, please enquire via Email with wp2html unix as the firsttwo words on the subject line.
Other WP convertorsThere are other convertors which translate between WordPerfectand HTML. I will list the ones I know here, with my comments which Iwill try to keep unbiased. There is a pretty good list maintainedby the WWW organization which can be foundright here.
As Interleaf can read WordPerfect documents, this is one path toconverting WP to HTML. I have no experience but suspect the process isquite customizable as Interleaf (when I last looked) was all LISP based.(A user recently informed me that Cyberleaf actually cannot handleeither WP6 format files or Framemaker 5, so this rather limits theappeal)
Pros are probably good reliability, cons I suspect are speed, cost andthe chances that you cannot automate as much as you would like.
Framemaker is good (I have used the product on Unix at workfor some tim). The latest version claims to output HTML (I dont have itto try yet) and I know it reads WordPerfect (although it does notconvert equations or graphics.) There was a product from CERN, calledWebmaker,which was a set of routines to convert Frame to Html. This wasquite slow but did allow you to "program" the conversion.(By slow I mean it took 35 minutes on an AIX RISC machine to converta 20 page document with 12 images)
I have heard that the product, WebMaker, is now commercial.They have a web site too.
If ithas been tidied up and speeded up it should be very good. Downside ofcourse is that you have to have Framemaker to start with, then readthe WP docs into Frame, save as Frame (document or MIF) and thenrun WebMaker. (The last time Iconverted a big WP file into Frame, with no HTML re-convert, it tookabout 2 minutes or so on a Unix box.)
WordPerfect 6.1a the SGML edition has announced the HTML outputfeature. I cannot try this, but guess if you start with stucturedWP6 file it should be pretty good. To do WP5 is more of a problem asthe stucturing clues are less. However, Novell has just (November Ithink) announce a new version which handles tables (the previous onedid not) so again watch this space.
Pros are it comes from WordPerfect (Novell), cons are you needWP6.1a, 60 meg disk space and you have to convert each document byhand, reading it in and saving it out.