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This is the README file for the texi2html distribution.
The primary distribution point is


For generic installation instructions on compiling and installing this
Automake-based distribution, please read the file `INSTALL'.
Installation notes specific to Texi2html:
* Installation is fairly simple, no compilers are required.
* You need to have perl version 5.00405, or higher installed 
  on your system to run 'texi2html'. To play nice with encodings you 
  need the Encode and Unicode::Normalize modules. It is likely that an
  older perl 5 version also works if File::Spec is present.
* To generate etc., run `./' or autoreconf

Getting Started with texi2html

'texi2html' converts texinfo documents to HTML.

Texinfo is the official documentation format of the GNU project. It
uses a single source file to produce both on-line information and
printed output. For more details about texinfo, see 

In contrast to the HTML produced by 'makeinfo --html' (the 'makeinfo'
program is part of the Texinfo distribution), the HTML output of
'texi2html' is highly configurable. Among others, with 'texi2html' you 
can customize your entire page layout (like headers, footers, style
sheets, etc), split documents at various levels and use 'latex2html' to
convert @tex sections.

'texi2html' should reasonably convert all Texinfo 4.8 constructs. If
not, please send a bug report to ''.

To create HTML of texinfo documents

Make sure that you have 'texi2html' correctly installed on your
system. The general synopsis of 'texi2html' is

    texi2html [options] texinfo-source-file

Without any options, this will create the file <docname>.html where 
<docname> is the basename of your texinfo files.

Run 'texi2html -h' for a short overview of the most important options,
or have a look at the texi2html man page. For more in-depth information
see the texi2html texinfo manual.

Customizing texi2html

Initialisation options are read first from
'/usr/local/etc/texi2html/Config' (the exact location being changeable with
the '--sysconfdir=dir' option to the configure script), then from
$HOME/.texi2html/Config, then any command-line options including -init-file
options; with later settings overriding earlier ones.

The default initialisation options are defined in the
'texi2html.init' file contained in the Texi2html distribution (in
fact, a sed script pastes this file into the beginning of the perl
file generated by `./configure' from and generates the 
actual 'texi2html' script this way.).

To customize 'texi2html' it is best if you copy the appropriate
sections from the 'texi2html.init' file into an appropriate local
initialization file, make the necessary changes there, and then have
'texi2html' read this initialisation file by one of the means described

For an example on what you can produce with 'texi2html' have a look
at the following sites:


(Please send me your sites, if you'd like to have them listed here).

Documentation of texi2html

The texi2html Texinfo manual should be rather complete. In addition,
you might want to have a look at the comments in the 'texi2html.init' 
file for explanations about customizable parameters and at the (not 
up-to-date) texi2html man page for an overview of texi2html's synopsis.

More information

Texi2html's home page can be found at
The home for development is at savannah at

The newest version of Texi2html can be obtained from
or, via anonymous cvs (see for instructions).

Send email to for enhancement suggestions, 
authoring questions and general discussion.

Send email to for bug reports, patches, 
discussions about code.

To subscribe to these mailinglists, visit
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This distribution includes the following files, among others:
    README                      This file.

    NEWS                        Summary of new features by release.

    INSTALL			Generic installation instructions.

    TODO			Things which are yet to be done.

Texi2html source files:

    texi2html                   Actual script to run. Generated by
                                make and `' from,
                                l2h.init and                Main source file of the converter.     File generated by `./configure' from

    texi2html.init              Default values of configurable
                                parameters. `' inserts this
                                file into when 
                                it generates the actual `texi2html' script.                 Perl module which handles the
                                processing of command-line options. 
                                `' inserts this file into
                       when it generates 
                                the actual `texi2html' script.                 Code used to handle strings
                                internationalization.             translations of strings generated by
                                the script `' from source
                                files and files in the `i18n' directory.

    l2h.init                    default configuration file for `latex2html' 
                                used to convert maths and TeX.

    i18n/                       Directory containing one file per language
                                with translation of strings.

Helper scripts              Helper script used to regenerate translations
                                from the source files and the files in the
                                `i18n/' directory.                 Helper script used to regenerate the texi2html
                                script. A simple wrapper around a sed 

Documentation files:

   texi2html.texi               Texinfo manual of texi2html.               Template for generation of man pages
                                of texi2html (`texi2html.1').  This man 
                                page is incomplete.

Installation files:

    configure                   This file creates creates a Makefile 
                                which in turn creates an `info' or
                                `makeinfo' executable, or a C sources
                                distribution.                This is a template for creating 
                                `configure' using Autoconf.                 This is a template for `configure' 
                                to use to make a Makefile.  Created by
                                           This is a template for Automake
                                to use to make a

Reporting bugs

For bug reports, please include enough information for the maintainers
to reproduce the problem.  Generally speaking, that means:
- the version number of Texi2html and the program(s) involved (use --version).
- the contents of any input files necessary to reproduce the bug (crucial!).
- a description of the problem and any samples of the erroneous output.
- anything else that you think would be helpful.

Patches are most welcome; if possible, please make them against the
source files (e.g., against, or texi2html.init) with
`diff -c' or `diff -u' and include ChangeLog entries.

Good luck and enjoy !!