[triangle-zpug] Looking for ways to generate rich text format

Billy Saelim saelim at email.unc.edu
Tue Apr 1 02:38:25 CEST 2008

Hi Chris,

Thanks a lot!  I'll check out the links you provided.

It seems PyRTF does not follow the spec fully also, as far as I can tell 
from the code... maybe that's really a problem of M$ and it sounds like 
I should be thinking more about finding an alternative for RTF too :-)

Really appreciate your help.  Hope things go well!

Billy Saelim

Chris Calloway wrote:
> On 3/31/2008 2:18 PM, Billy Saelim wrote:
>> I am new to Python and wonder if there is anything other than PyRTF 
>> that could generate RTF. Please let me know if you have any 
>> recommendation.
> Hi, Billy. Haven't seen you since Camp 5.
> Suggestions have been to use an intermediate format and convert to RTF 
> with external libraries (html2rtf, xml2rtf, tex2rdf).
> If it's any consolation, the Ruby, PHP, Perl, and Tcl modules which 
> deal with RTF are about in the same state as PyRDF. So there must be 
> some wall developers run into when trying to implement an RTF module 
> from scratch. Plus, M$ keeps changing the RTF spec. Also, not all RTF 
> editors can read the full RTF spec. So if the problem is your RTF 
> writer is making some document which cannot be read into Wordpad, that 
> may be why.
> The PyRTF developer has a blog that is active:
> http://oubiwann.blogspot.com/
> Maybe ping him if there is something you are stuck on.
> I think he's the guy who made the keynote announcement about the new 
> Twisted Software Foundation at PyCon.
> You probably want to get this:
> http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/rtfpg/
> I guess I should request it from O'Reilly for a door prize. :)

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