Thanks for the answers.
Here is what I have found after a brief test.
web2text was last updated... exactly at the end of last century. It leaves tags
behind and could not produce a passable output with the html that I used.
html2text is written in visual basic (of all possible languages, that would be
my LAST option for this job!) and is really slow. I can actually see a progress
bar moving when the conversion should be instantaneous. Not suited for batch
processing, but comes with code, so no problem. The output is ok, not great. For
example, it misses paragraph separators and returns a compact block of text. Not
ready for prime use.
html code export actually doesn't export to plain text. It looks very professional and
useful, but not for my purpose.
links (.99) for the terminal doesn't have flags to dump to text. It was lynx
actually, I had them confused. The win versions that I have tried didn't work
and it looks a bit like abandonware (most sites that hosted it are now broken
links, at least for windows)
So I still haven't found what I'm looking for
Thanks a lot