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Re: I downloaded html tidy

From: Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 09:00:59 +0100 (BST)
To: Webby <webby@webmastership.com>
cc: html-tidy@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0210190853380.1401-100000@hazel>

On Fri, 18 Oct 2002, Webby wrote:

> I downloaded html tidy, thinking it was a program that I would
> open a web page up in and then press a button and have it fix the
> coding. Is this not correct? What I got was a zip file loaded with
> individual pages of codes and stuff I don't understand. My site
> was created with frontpage. I do not know frontpage, nor do I want
> to learn. I want to convert the pages to standard html code so
> that I can make edits. Can someone please help me?

Tidy is fundamentally a tool that reads in HTML cleans it up and 
writes it out again. It was developed as a program you run from the
console prompt, but there are GUI encapsulations available, e.g. 
HTML-Kit, which you might prefer.

If you are using Windows, the first step is to unzip the zip file
and place the tidy.exe file in a folder somewhere on your 
executables path. You may also want to set up a config file to save 
having to type lots of options each time you run Tidy. From
the console prompt you can run Tidy like this:

   C> tidy -m mywebpage.html

In this case, the -m option requests Tidy to write the tidied file
back to the same filename as it read from (mywebpage.html). Tidy
will give you a breakdown of the problems it found and the version
of HTML the file appears to be using.

 Dave Raggett <dsr@w3.org> or <dave.raggett@openwave.com>
 W3C lead for voice/multimodal. http://www.w3.org/People/Raggett 
 tel/fax: +44 1225 866240 (or 867351) +44 771 213 7629 (GSM)
Received on Saturday, 19 October 2002 04:03:18 UTC

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