A few years ago I published a PowerShell function to convert text files into HTML listings. I thought it would be handy to convert scripts to HTML documents with line numbering and some formatting. Turns out someone actually used it! He had some questions about the function which led me to revisit it and realize there were some improvements to be made.
Part of the challenge with this project is that the function takes an existing text file and creates a much larger text file. On one hand this is to be expected because we are adding HTML to it. But I wanted to find ways to keep the size down.
After some HTML style tweaking, I found a better way to preserve the formatting without dramatically increasing the file size. I also added an option so that you can specify an alternate CSS file. If you don’t use one, then the function will insert a default style into the head section. I also gave you the option to specify your own document title.
The revised script, which includes defining an alias, is now a gist on GitHub.
The function behaves much like ConvertTo-HTML in that it doesn’t create an actual file. You still need to pipe the output to Out-File. And you should use Out-File instead of the console redirection character (>) as that created a much larger version of the file.
Here’s an example of a converted file using the default style sheet.
If you want to create your own style sheet, be sure to use the setting white-space:pre; as this should retain document formatting. At least the best it can.
I hope you’ll find this helpful. Enjoy.