CIB html - Change RTF documents to HTML at the push of a button
The highlights of this product include:
Optimum support for HTML forms
Field variables and statements are also converted to HTML.
Conversion of selected RTF fields to HTML fields
Special options for modeling RTF formatting which is not usually possible to model in HTML
Free integration in the user's own applications by virtue of open interfaces.
The converter is available in 2 variants:
1. As a complete setup for integration in your MS-Office environment from version 95 onward. For the conversion, CIB html automatically provides you with the MS-Word "Save as" dialog.
2. As a separate DLL for integration in your application.
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With clever tricks and knacks, CIB solved this not quite simple task with the new module, the html converter (RTF to HTML).
The demand for a practical solution for this task was significant because of the promising possibilities opened up with a tool of this kind: Thus for instance, reports, calculations or offers can be generated automatically using the CIB office modules without programming work and these reports, calculations or offers can be subsequently made available in the intranet or Internet. A quality printout of these documents is produced directly from within the browser using CIB view ActiveX component. This is achieved by storing the original RTF text.
The feature of converting forms in RTF format and containing dynamic fields to HTML forms in order to use them for screen-based entry in the CIB dialog is also interesting. Here, through the graphic-based creation of a system of rules within the CIB dialog scripter, complex forms are online-enabled in as short a time as possible - thus providing an essential building block of an e-commerce solution. On account of the option of integrating CIB html into MS Winword, the scope of use even extends all the way to a common, easy-to-use HTML editor.
The requirement is thus clear: Both functionality - and above all that of the field functions - and also the layout are to be incorporated, i.e. the display in HTML by the various different browsers is to be equivalent to that of the original in RTF.
For this reason, HTML 3.2 was chosen as the target code because this standard can be displayed by all the latest browsers. Because RTF is a word processing format and was designed for document editing and has a completely different orientation from the purely content-oriented HTML, conversion is not possible without investing a bit of effort. Added to this is that various browsers might display the same HTML page differently.
Properties which play a special role in HTML, such as the background color, the color for used and unused links or the page title can be predefined in CIB html as settings prior to the conversion. It is also possible to select for the HTML page being generated various different display alternatives for layout features typical in text formatting - such as header & and footer lines, footnotes or hidden text.
In order to achieve the most identical display possible of the original document for various browser types and differently sized screens, additional settings can be chosen, such as a percentage or pixel-oriented width specification for tables. Even complicated tables with merged cells can be converted in this way.
Thanks to these adaptations, an extremely good transfer of the representation is possible over various platforms.
Character font, type-face version (italic, bold, underlined), alignment (except for full justification) and also the font size can be displayed appropriately despite a different calculation taking place in HTML. It is also even possible to incorporate numbered lists from the RTF into the HTML. In HTML, columns are simulated using tables and have practically the same appearance in the HTML.
â€¢ Even tables of contents can be generated automatically from text segments within the RTF which have the format specification "HeadingX".
â€¢ It is of course essential that mail merge, REF and form fields be recognized and displayed as input fields (i.e. text fields, checkboxes and radio buttons). Thus, forms in RTF format which are conceived for printing out on paper can be mapped very easily by the CIB dialog for screen-based entry.
The CIB html converter is hence a truly clever solution to a not entirely simple task.
In particular on account of the possibility of integrating CIB html into MS-Word (via a setup), where it can then simply be called using "File - Save as ...", it is very possible that CIB html may soon become a very widespread product.