From John Fri Mar  8 14:25:42 1996
Article: 14157 of comp.infosystems.www.announce
From: John Risby 
Subject: Free HTML to ASCII converter
Date: Sat, 2 Mar 96 08:39:44 MET
Organization: Scanline

A couple of weeks ago, a company posted an advert here for a shareware ($10)
html to ascii converter.

I mentioned that I had written one back in 1994 and if anyone wanted the
source or DOS .exe they could have it for free. The response was quite
amazing, so I've put in on our ftp server. Feel free to use the .exe or
source for whatever (legal!) purpose you choose, without charge.

The files can be found at:-


John Risby
Manchester, England
Scanline: Design - Typesetting - Printing - MultiMedia

From Tue Feb 27 14:30:04 1996
Article: 51547 of comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html
From: (Leigh H. Koven)
Subject: Announce: Quail Stripper 2.0 - Strips HTML from a document
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 96 21:14:52 MET

QuailWare proudly presents....

Quail Stripper ver 2.0
A DOS utility that strips HTML codes from a text file. In the past if
you downloaded a page from the web and wanted to read it, you had to sort
through all the HTML codes. Those days are past. Quail Stripper removes
the HTML codes from the file, without touching the text.

New In Version 2.0:
You can now mark certain sections of a file to be stripped.

This program is shareware. Registration is $10.

Quail Stripper is available for download from and soon from SimTel and it's
mirrors. It has also been posted to the newsgroup
Leigh Koven - -
2 days for it to be sent.

Leigh Koven - -
Head of marketing for QuailWare -
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From John Tue Feb 27 14:32:38 1996
Article: 51699 of comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html
From: John Risby <>
Subject: Re: Announce: Quail Stripper 2.0 - Strips HTML from a document
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 96 18:54:53 MET
Organization: Scanline
From Thu Jan 25 17:28:11 1996
Article: 46713 of comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html
From: (Steve Orth)
Subject: HTML to TXT (ASCII) Converter -->HTMLess Version 1.0
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 96 20:21:28 MET
Organization: Sense Networking Seattle (

HTMLess is a simple DOS utility that coverts any HTML document to a 
ASCII txt file, formatting the text file based on the HTML tags. You can 
now view HTML docs without a web browser or spell check HTML docs 
without stopping at every HTML tag.  The program produces two files: the 
formatted txt file and a file containing the HTML tags.

Visit the HTMLess page to 
download this free utility.

Date: Tue, 09 Jan 1996 17:05:43 -0700
From: Scott Baker 
Subject: html to ascii converter

I've just finished writing an HTML to ASCII converter for MSDOS and
Windows. It can be found at the web address:

It's still in the early stages, but please add it to your list.

Scott Baker

From Wed Apr 26 10:26:01 1995
Article: 28344 of comp.infosystems.www.misc
From: (Paul Klose)
Subject: Re: HTML -> ASCII ?
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 95 18:44:04 GMT-1:00

In <> writes: 
>I have some HTML documents I want to throw away but I want to keep the 
>contents of it without HTML tags, so I guess I would need something like
>HTML to ASCII converter. I archied for it, but I found nothing.
>Does something like that even exist ??  If so, could you please point me 
>in the right direction ?

I had the same problem, so I wrote an HTML to ASCII converter. It has
some limitations right now -- The input name must have the extension
htm and the output is automatically named .txt and stored in the same
directory (overwriting any .txt file with the same name); it is limited
to 32KB files; and it's not extensively tested (in terms of eliminating
all possible HTML codes). But I have been using it personally for

I had planned to clean up all of the problems and release it as
shareware, but never got around to it.

I'll send it to anybody who E-mail's me a request. Let me know if your
mail reader supports MIME or if you want me to send it UUencoded.

Paul Klose

From Wed Apr 26 10:42:19 1995
Article: 28414 of comp.infosystems.www.misc
From: (Benjamin Kyan)
Subject: Re: HTML -> ASCII ?
Date: 26 Apr 1995 00:43:58 -0400
Organization: UMCC, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

I have a Perl Script that converts HTML to plain ASCII.
Please mail me if anyone would like to have a copy.

Benjamin Kyan
CyberSphynx Communications