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Re: Tidy feature request

From: Alexander Biron <biron@ifh.de>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 1999 11:57:18 +0100 (MET)
To: Philip Riebold <philip@livenet.ac.uk>
cc: html-tidy <html-tidy@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.HPP.4.10.9912141152040.9443-100000@hpbai1.ifh.de>
> > > > + Finally, I think you should consider having an option for Tidy
> > > > to add a tag such as <meta name="Generator" content="HTML Tidy,
> > > > a free utility from Dave Raggett at the W3C, version 30th
> > > > November 1999" href="http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett/tidy/">.
> > > > The point would be for anyone viewing the HTML source to say,
> > > > "Wow, I wish my source looked this nice!" and immediately know
> > > > what to do about it.  Of course, you would want to allow people
> > > > to turn this off, but I would suggest that the default should be
> > > > on.
> > 
> > Dave Raggett wrote:
> > > I would be interested in what other folk think of this idea.
> > > It would need to be modified slightly, since href is not an
> > > allowed attribute for meta.
> > 
> > I approve!  I think you should allow us the option to give you some
> > credit for your hard work.  I *regularly* use HTML Tidy to clean up ugly
> > markup and it is one of my favorite tools (in its HTML-Kit incarnation,
> > particularly).  A META tag wouldn't hurt anything and making it an
> > option should remove any possible objection.
> > 
> > John Tobler
> 
> I agree. HTML Tidy is my program of choice when working with HTML, both to
> keep my own code in order and make the appallingly markup produced by some
> other programs readable. 
> 
> A META tag would serve as a recognition of the work done on HTML Tidy and
> as a pointer to the program for people looking at the HTML source for a
> page. 

Basically I am in favour of the suggestion. I would not necessarily
consider tidy a "generator" of the HTML, but I can't think of a better
expression right now. Since href is not an allowed attribute within
<meta> one could opt for the solution content="...,http://..." this is
similar to the http-equiv="refresh" syntax in <meta>.

Cheers alex

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