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RE: tidy without indenting?

From: Grantham, Andrew <Andrew.Grantham@Cyberplex.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 07:28:36 -0500
Message-ID: <35E30F8AB113D311B1D900805F9FC376172E53@TOXMAIL2>
To: "'Barney Wol'" <Barney.Wol@noctua.demon.co.uk>
Cc: "'html-tidy@w3.org'" <html-tidy@w3.org>
Another thing to try would be:

- Before running Tidy, Find and Replace all tabs with an HTML entity that
you don't already have in your code.
- Run Tidy on the resulting mess with indenting turned off.
- Replace all of the entities in the resulting code with tabs again.


If you use BBTidy with BBEdit on the Mac, just write a little AppleScript to
do this for you.  Tabs are searched for using "\t".

Interface Development

> ----------
> From: 	Barney Wol
> Sent: 	Tuesday, March 13, 2001 7:28 PM
> To: 	html-tidy@w3.org
> Subject: 	Re: tidy without indenting?
> At 16:22 +0900 13/3/01, Peter Evans wrote:
> > > Can I use tidy while leaving the indents of my page as they were?
> >
> >No. The first paragraph under the subtitle "Layout style" within
> >http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett/tidy/ explains not only that this isn't
> >possible but also why it can't be an added feature.
> >
> >If you're desperate to preserve a laboriously contrived layout -- and I
> >know I sometimes am -- then here is a (probably more laborious)
> >workaround. Ignore Tidy's standard output and instead read its
> >error/warning file (the file you specify after the "-f" switch), making
> >your own corrections to the original file as appropriate.
> 	Yes, I do this too.  However, you have to watch out for a few 
> things that Tidy changes without warning you about - double quote 
> marks (") changed to &quot;, apostrophes to &#39;, and lone 
> ampersands (&) to &amp;.
> 	While sympathising with the original request, I think it is 
> outside of Tidy's original remit, which is (as I understand it) to 
> correct an HTML file so it is legal.  This necessarily entails 
> disassembling it, and the corrected result can only be re-created to 
> some defined standard, as indentation may HAVE to be changed to make 
> the file legal.
> 	I think Tidy should be treated as a "first pass" engine, and 
> if you want to re-edit the output to your indentation standard, then 
> that is up to you.  Incremental code changes can then be re-checked, 
> errors noted, and the original files corrected by hand.  As Mr.Evans 
> says, this is a rather laborious approach, but once done, incremental 
> changes are easier.
> 	Or, of course, you could learn to love the standard output 
> style adopted by Tidy. :-)
> 	Regards,
> 		Peter
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