Re: HTML spec. questions

Kevin 'Kev' Hughes (kevinh@eit.COM)
Sun, 9 Jan 1994 18:39:01 -0800

(James) Eric Tilton writes:

> Following my comments on comp.infosystems.www about device-indpendent
> HTML and the like, a number of people have suggested that what's needed
> is a tool for the checking of HTML code for inconsistencies and bad
> practices. To that end, I'm starting to work on "lint for the web" sort
> of program.

I think you could put in a user-defined flag, to see whether
the program would collapse empty lines and remove empty spaces before
I'd like to know what's correct about paragraph breaks myself;
"<pre>a line</pre>" puts a break at the end in Mosaic for X, but not
MacMosaic; the same for ending header tags and list tags.
I'd like the program to traverse a directory tree and automagically
fix the files, say replacing them and moving the original to
"original.html.bak" or "original.html~" or some other user-defined suffix.
Perhaps a "noclobber" option would be in order...
...and it would be great to be able to substitute strings, so when
host names in URLs change, I could fix all my HTML documents in one
swoop! Well, I don't want to sound pushy, but I've been wanting to do that
for some time. Good luck and thanks for taking on the job!

-- Kevin

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