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Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh not using w3n or elinks

From: Paul Fox
Subject: Re: [Nmh-workers] nmh not using w3n or elinks
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 18:08:04 -0400

lyndon wrote:
 > On May 15, 2014, at 7:09, address@hidden wrote:
 > > I installed w3n and elinks but nmh is not using them:
 > Given all the grief people have been experiencing getting HTML
 > rendering tools to work, perhaps we should consider importing
 > Plan9's htmlfmt(1) and using it as the default renderer.

this may well be a good idea, but it feels like much of norm's problem
was that the relevant configuration is done at build time.  if the
default mhshow-show-text/html entry pointed to a helper script, rather
than to a specific browser, that script could search for and run an
appropriate browser at run-time, probably using the same list we
currently look through at build time.

(how do pre-built nmh packages handle this?  simply with dependencies
on the necessary text browsers?  if we were to provide our own simple
renderer as lyndon suggests, those dependencies could become


 > It performs *very* basic rendering of HTML, but in practice it
 > seems to work well enough to get the gist of the message across.
 > http://plan9.bell-labs.com/magic/man2html/1/fmt
 > Note that there are patches available that address the table
 > formatting bug.
 > --lyndon
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 paul fox, address@hidden (arlington, ma, where it's 66.4 degrees)

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