[l2h] Customising the appearance of web pages created with l2h

Fred L. Drake, Jr. fdrake@acm.org
Mon, 24 Sep 2001 16:54:45 -0400

Paul Lussier writes:
 > I'm trying to convert a large document created with LyX to a 
 > web-based document with l2h.  All the documents our group creates has 
 > a relatively standard look and feel which I'm trying to maintain with 
 > this document.
 > What I need to do is relatively simple:
 > 	1. set the background color of the page
 > 	2. set the link and vlink colors

  These are best done in the style sheet these days.  What I do for
the Python documentation is to copy in our style sheet after
latex2html is done.  Make sure you set $BODYTEXT to '' so nothing set
up from the configuration script pollutes the HTML pages with style
information, though!

 > 	3. create a 1-row x 3 column table at the top of every
 > 	   node which contains our Company and group logos (lef/right)
 > 	   and the document title (centered).

  Using a little Perl for this is reasonably easy.  Define a new sub,
top_navigation_panel(), and generate the table there.  To get both
your table and the navigation panel that latex2html generates now, use
the navigation_panel() function:

$MY_HEADER = <<__EOF__
<table BORDER=0 WIDTH="100%">
 <td ALIGN=LEFT WIDTH="33%">
  <img SRC="images/logo.gif" WIDTH=167 HEIGHT=66>
  <h1>System Administration Homepage</h1>
  <img SRC="images/sys_admin.gif" ALT="sysadmin logo" WIDTH=169 height=69>

sub top_navigation_panel {
    return $MY_HEADER . navigation_panel();

 > Does anyone have any ideas how l2h could help?  I get the impression 
 > that it can, I just can't figure out how.

  It can do a lot if you are willing to feed it a little code.  Or a
lot of code.  It can be a hungry beast...


Fred L. Drake, Jr.  <fdrake at acm.org>
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