Currently packaged html2text have limited built-in http support.
This means that html2text can work not only with pipe ("curl http://www.debian.org |
html2text") and local files ("html2text index.html"), but also with web directly
However, http support is very limited - it doesn't support proxy, named vhosts and http
redirections. It caused "wontfix" bugs , .
The author's opinion is to add compile option to remove http support (in some future),
mainly for compatibility reasons .
html2text in testing already have a README.Debian that encourage users to use html2text
through pipe with curl or wget with a short examples.
Finally, http support in html2text is unsupported bunch of code that also makes
implementing of meta-encoding tag and input/output recoding more hard to do (requested in
Can we remove html2text's http support for squeeze?