automate printing of html-formatted pages?
My partner needs to print out copies of all the content in her
mid-sized, statically-generated website (I know this is a stupid idea,
but it's for her tenure file and there are lots and lots of stupid
elements in this process). This seems like something one ought to be
able to do automatically, e.g. with:
wget -m -k http://some.website.com/
find /path/to/top/level -type f -iname *.html | while read file; do
html2ps -gn $file > "$file".ps ;
find /path/to/top/level -type f -iname *.html | while read psfile; do
unfortunately, this doesn't work very well -- among other things,
html2ps does some very strange things with the layout of the pages,
apparently trying to cram all the text even in very long pages into a
single 8.5x11 sheet of paper -- I've posted an example at
http://www.racesci.org/test.ps (the original html file is at
Presumably this has something to do with the rendering bug mentioned in
the html2ps man page:
Rendering HTML tables well is a non-trivial task.
For "real" tables, that is representation of tabu-
lar data, html2ps usually generates reasonably good
output. When tables are used for layout purposes,
the result varies from good to useless. This is
because a table cell is never broken across pages.
So if a table contains a cell with a lot of con-
tent, the entire table may have to be scaled down
in size in order to make this cell fit on a single
page. Sometimes this may even result in unreadable
OK, I can see this is difficult to do. But is there another
command-line solution to my problem?
Thanks as always for your suggestions.