[l2h] relative hyperlinks?

Ross Moore ross@ics.mq.edu.au
Fri, 29 Mar 2002 09:27:09 +1100 (EST)

> Hi again,
> here is just another nice topic which I found
> when preparing my single-file html document.
> I created the html file with
>   latex2html -split 0 -no_navigation xy.tex
> and I found, that all generated URLs in hyperlinks in
> "xy/xy.html" contain the _filename_ and are of the form
>   HREF="xy.html#SECTION00030000000000000000"
> (i.e. "filename#anchor").
> This may be partially necessary for multi-document html trees,
> but makes it impossible to rename the single html file in
> my case, as all contained hyperlinks will fail afterwards.

> Removing "xy.html" from the hyperlinks, leaving them
> in a relative form as HREF="#SECTION00030000000000000000"
> (omitting the filename and leaving "#anchor" only)
> solves the problem.

This could be done at  post-processing  time,
by putting a regular-expression find/replace
into the  &post_post_process  subroutine.

If a subroutine with this name exists, 
 e.g. you can define it in the  .latex2html-init  file
then it will be called, at a point *after* all the
internal tagging has been resolved into correct HTML.

Something like the following should be enough:

sub post_post_process {

Please try this and report any difficulties.
If anyone else can see any not-so-obvious problems,
then please respond to this email list also.

Hope this helps,

	Ross Moore

> I don't know what the real and pure html standard says
> about this relative form of a hyperlink, but according
> to my experience links of this form work fine on
> Netscape 4.x, Netscape 6, Opera 5 and InternetExplorer 5.
> Ommiting the filname in hyperlinks is also demonstrated in
> "HTML & XHTML" by Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy, 4th edition,
> O'Reilly 2000, so I think ommiting the filename from the URL,
> in cases where it is identical to the file in which the URL is
> used is at least worth a commandline option ;-)
> Best regards
> Ulrich
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