OvHTML v0.49R

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What is OvHTML?

"OvHTML" is a filter for Ovation Pro that allows you to import HTML documents.
It supports a variety of HTML tags, GIF and JPEG images, and it'll try to render to something akin to HTML 2.0 (ie, it doesn't do tables or frames), roughly similar to what you would expect to see in Fresco™ or Oregano™.

There are a multitude of options. I think it is safe to say that the output created is so close to Fresco™ (when running it with tables/frames disabled) that I've found myself clicking a blue underlined word in the Ovation Pro window and wondering why nothing happened ... on more than one occasion!

But, it doesn't stop there!

The original concept...

My original aim for OvHTML was to read the Buffy shooting scripts.
Most of these are in a 'centred' table, and all the text is in "Verdana". Well, I'd prefer no table, and the dialogue to be in Corpus, with the dialogue attribution to be in bold. Amazingly, OvHTML can do this for me! There is a 'translation' system that allows you to replace one HTML tag with another, mess with certain aspects of the parser output, etc etc.

But wait...

There's even more! A special <ovhtml ...> tag allows you to define certain aspects of the output - most usefully the base text size and the base leading. So no longer does the "Nurse Betty" screenplay look messy on A4, just make the text a tad smaller, and let it roll.
If you'd prefer instead to simply read on-screen, just select the 'page' size appropriate to your screen resolution.


And there's more! A special <scripter> tag will call the "Scripter" system.
This is an HTML-like scripting system designed by me that you can use to write screenplays. It is a part of OvHTML as it shares a lot of the parsing methodology.

Oh no, more!?!?

And there's more (good god!)... After running OvHTML, you'll notice Ovation Pro has three "save" options... Document, DDL, and... you guessed it, HTML ! The HTML output is not very good (early days), but it's a hell of a lot better than doing it by hand from ASCII or DDL output...


If you have ever thought of writing a screenplay or teleplay, or if you've ever wondered about importing/exporting HTML to/from Ovation Pro, then OvHTML is what you need.




Some (ancient) piccies!

Example, GIF 37K
Choosing or defining page sizes, with the configuration panel on the lower left.


Example, GIF 57K
The font effects test, as rendered by Oregano v1.10 and by Ovation Pro (via OvHTML).
Shall I point out that Oregano doesn't seem to understand strikeout? :-)


Example, GIF 56K
Left to right:
Fresco 2.26/3.20
Ovation Pro 2.70 & OvHTML 0.36g
Browse 2.07
Webite 1.49 (HTML 2.0 browser)
As you can see, the rendering of OvHTML is based, mostly, on the rendering of Fresco.


Example, GIF 16K
This is what MSIE v3.02 (yes, an old one!) made of the same document.


Example, GIF 49K
Saving a file as an HTML document.


Example, GIF 5K
The HTML export in progress...


Example, GIF 54K
An exported document as seen in Fresco, the original Ovation Pro document, and a tiny bit of the HTML shown in Edit.
As you can see, the HTML is not perfect and will require assistance from you; but on the other hand, it isn't a
bad start...


Changes since the last release:

In a nutshell:


Software status:

  Software name        : OvHTML
  Latest version       : 0.49RR

  Archive size         : 480280 bytes
  Classification       : Freeware
  Registration cost    : None

  RISC OS 2 compatible : No
  RISC OS 3 compatible : Untested
  WIMP 3.98 compatible : Untested
  RISC OS 4 compatible : Untested
  32bit RISC OS        : YES - developed and tested on a Pi

  Written in           : C and assembler
  Libraries            : DeskLib32


Running !OvHTML on an Iyonix:

OvHTML v0.49R download (470K) Version 0.49R
Complete version of OvHTML 0.49R with some example test documents.
This software requires RISC OS running on the ARM chipset
If your computer is different, don't bother downloading this software!


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