I would like to convert some somewhat straightforward web pages (no javascript, minimal CSS) into SVG for archiving. I am wondering if there is a suggested tool or workflow for this conversion?

My current thought is to somehow open the pages in Adobe Illustrator and then export to SVG. However, that "somehow" is a big question mark. Maybe something like this will open HTML into Illustrator?

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    Just on a side note: Why do you want to convert them into SVG in the first place? What is the point in archiving them that way?
    – slhck
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 14:52
  • I need to make many pages of documentation in html available for a constrainted device. I will not have an html renderer available, but will have an svg rendering engine. SVG will, hopefully, result in smaller file sizes than just screen shots of html pages.
    – jedierikb
    Commented Jun 24, 2011 at 15:02
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    More answers on similar question - superuser.com/questions/579933/… Commented Apr 17, 2019 at 22:39

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Perhaps you can print it to a vector format like PDF which is in-principle convertible to SVG.

If you print to PDF you can try converting it to SVG using Inkscape and/or http://www.cityinthesky.co.uk/opensource/pdf2svg.

You can also try printing to PS/EPS and converting via Uniconverter or Scribus. See Converting from EPS to SVG format

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    Problem is that you then get page breaks at impossible places.
    – Christian
    Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 16:49

I would dig into some kind of text editor and write some XSL, transforming the HTML/XHTML to SVG. Transformation could be done in different ways.

Obviously this requires that your HTML is valid XML - and maybe it could be with some small changes.

One advantage to this approach is that you have 100% control over the result (SVG document). A disadvantage is that it's a little complicated.


Here is a tool which gets you from html to pdf. Then you can step from pdf to svg (which is presumably easier than html to svg directly): http://wkhtmltopdf.org/

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