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As you can see, there is no easy, maintainence-free solution for this. It would be nice if there was some kind of 'render core' that could theoretically be abstracted out of the Everything engine, but there isn't (and probably for a very good reason too).

So what can you do? Anytime i write a large post, i always start with POD. pod2html produces (IMHO) ugly HTML, but that's okay ... just filter the output through tidy:

pod2html write_up.pod | tidy > write_up.html
Now you have something to work with. The only problem is that pod2html escapes entities (< > & ") for you. This is both a boon and a bane ... boon because it escapes any example HTML you have in your write up, bane because it escapes common Perl operators (-> => > < = <=> ") as well. Honestly, i have no perfect solution for cleaning up this final step. I usually attack the problem with a handful of semi-intelligent (or was that semi-braindead) perl -pi -e one-liners and finish the rest by hand (data entry is so tedious). But it's better than relying on a browser to not crash.

Also, don't forget about your scratchpad. It is perfect for sculpting a write up. ;)


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In reply to (jeffa) Re: Offline Previewing by jeffa
in thread Offline Previewing by chunlou

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