On Sat, 21 Sep 2002 07:57:01 -0400, you wrote:

>Excellent idea on the PDF one. Why didn't someone think of this sooner?

Because it is vitrually  impossible? PDF images are described in postscript
language which means there are a million different ways of describing
exactly the same thing. Add to that the 10s or 100s of ways datasheets show
pin information and I would be pleasantly surpirsed if an automatic pin
information extraction tool worked for more that 1 in 10 pdf datasheets. 

Here are links to 3 PDF datasheets for an LM324 rendered in HTML by Google 

http://216.239.51.100/search?q=cache:tlnZfYVAjQUC:www.solarbotics.net/library/datasheets/lm324.pdf+LM324+absolute+maximum&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
http://216.239.51.100/search?q=cache:hAKybpDvydMC:www.ensc.sfu.ca/reference/data-sheets/LM324.PDF+LM324+absolute+maximum&hl=en&ie=UTF-8
http://216.239.51.100/search?q=cache:_4kdow7131MC:www.asahi-eng.co.jp/pdf/idb2k/section5.pdf+LM324+absolute+maximum&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

and one for a Xilinx CPLD

http://216.239.35.100/search?q=cache:LOzPMqXWH1UC:support.xilinx.co.jp/partinfo/95144xl.pdf+xc95144xl++absolute+maximum&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

You see any way a program could find pin infromation from that lot? 

Cheers, Terry.

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