How to convert PDF files to HTML/ASCII using Web-based forms or E-mail

From: John J. Deneen (
Date: Tue Jul 17 2001 - 22:05:56 PDT

Re: "So, my docs on the web have been pdf or Word. Do purples make
sense in those? If so, how to put them in?" (01)

Jack, relative to someone else's created PDF documents, are you aware of
the Adobe PDF Conversion by Simple Form?

If not, here's a Web-based forms submission tool or a E-mail submission
tool used by visually impaired people requiring screen reader software
to access the document:

Web-based forms submission tool
If the Adobe PDF file is on the Internet, users type the URL into an
electronic form and select the "Get This PDF Document as HTML" button.
The document will be converted on the fly to HTML and will be returned
immediately to the Web browser. < >

E-mail submission tool
If the Adobe PDF is on the Internet, users can submit the URL of a PDF
file via e-mail to convert it to HTML or ASCII text. PDF files that are
on a local hard disk, local CD-ROM, or local area network, can also be
converted by attaching the PDF file to an e-mail message. The converted
results are returned in the body of a new mail message in a matter of
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Using either the web-based form or the e-mail submission tool, when converts PDF to HTML, all existing hypertext links are
converted into HTML links. This includes intra-document links as well as
links to other documents on the Internet. Extra HTML links are also
created to enable easy navigation between pages. The very first line of
the document will contain at least two of these special links:

   * "Document Body" is a special link to the start of the body of the

   * "Page Navigation Panel" is a part of the document that contains
     links to each page of the document. For example, if the document
     has five pages, the Page Navigation Panel would have links called 1
     2 3 4 5, each corresponding to its respective page.

   * If the PDF document contains Acrobat bookmarks (these are
     different than the bookmarks associated with the browser and are
     like an electronic table of contents feature), these will be
     converted to a "Document Outline" that contains HTML links
     corresponding to the original Acrobat bookmarks.

   * Between each page of the document, links are inserted to make it
     easy for you to move to the next and previous page.

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