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Re: Removal of LaTeX2HTML from main

On Mon, Nov 10, 2003 at 04:06:02PM +0100, Roland Stigge wrote:
> Hi,
> working on the legal issues for LaTeX2HTML [1], at debian-legal [2], we
> concluded that LaTeX2HTML will have to be removed from main because it
> is considered non-free in the sense of the DFSG. After dozens of emails
> with upstream and a thread [3] on the LaTeX2HTML mailing list, the
> upstream maintainer doesn't consider changing the main license soon,
> although at some point in the future, LaTeX2HTML will possibly be
> GPL'ed. But that won't happen before 2005 because of historical reasons.
> As suggested, I prepared a simple wrapper script [4] around TeX4ht to
> emulate latex2html. Unfortunately, during the regression tests with the
> 38 build-depending packages that list latex2html in their
> Build-Depends{,-Indep}, I noticed that only a few packages migrate
> flawlessly to TeX4ht with the simple automated wrapper.

Notice that there is also Hevea, which has the latex2html functionality.
I don't know if it provides a latex2html wrapper functionality, but i
can ask upstream (not my package though, but i have contact with
upstream). It is said to provide quite nice HTML output.

$ apt-cache show hevea
Package: hevea
Priority: optional
Section: tex
Installed-Size: 1572
Maintainer: Ralf Treinen <treinen@debian.org>
Architecture: all
Version: 1.07-1
Depends: gs, netpbm (>= 2:9.10-1), tetex-bin, ocaml-base-3.07
Suggests: netpbm-nonfree, hevea-doc
Filename: pool/main/h/hevea/hevea_1.07-1_all.deb
Size: 297130
MD5sum: 864446c7d06cbd8dd3aac71651030757
Description: Translator from LaTeX to HTML, info, or text
 Its remarkable features are
  - It produces good output. By default (can be turned off) it uses
    in case of HTML output the symbol face for math symbols. Either way
    it usually avoids generating zillions of picture files.
  - It is highly configurable through (La)TeX macros. Though aimed at
    LaTeX input it understands a fair subset of TeX' macro language.
  - It runs fast.
 This version of HeVeA is patched to generate by default picture files
 in the PNG format instead of the GIF format.
 See also http://para.inria.fr/~maranget/hevea/index.html.


Sven Luther

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