Balthisar Tidy cleans the crud from your HTML
For years, Dave Raggett’s Unix tool HTML Tidy has been the defacto
standard for cleaning, organizing, troubleshooting, and fixing HTML files
from a wide variety of sources. Balthisar Tidy is the beautiful
Macintosh OS X implementation of this this fine tool. With virtually all
of the features of the command line tool and all of the text encodings
that Mac OS X offers, Balthisar Tidy will be helping you post
better code in no time!
This Cocoa implementation of Dave Raggett’s HTML TIDY is a free utility
for doing all of this. It also works great on the atrociously hard to read
markup generated by specialized HTML editors and conversion tools, and
can help you identify where you need to pay further attention on making
your pages more accessible to people with disabilities.
The Main Screen…
The main screen options you set take effect immediately on the “Source HTML,”
as shown in the “Tidy’d HTML.” The “Tidy Messages” indicate errors in the original code, as well as any corrections
that have been made for you.
The Preferences Windows…
THE PREFERENCES WINDOWS provide a central location to set preferences for
the customization of Cascade. It is divided into two pages: one for
application preferences, and one for document information.
There are too many options and I don’t like the order.
You can eliminate some of the many options if you’re satisfied with
Tidy’s defaults. Be aware that I can’t change the defaults; they’re part of TidyLib. Given that warning, you can edit
the file optionsInEffect.txt located inside the Balthisar Tidy application package (right-/control-click the application,
and Show Package Contents). The file’s located at Contents/Resources/English.lproj/optionsInEffect.txt. Put a hash mark (#)
in front of the options you don’t want to see in the Balthisar Tidy application. I’ll make this part of the interface in the future, so
you won’t have to look at options you’ll never change.
Where can I find out more about Tidy?
The engine that drives Balthisar Tidy is the unmodified C version of TidyLib by Charles Reitzel.
For everything that’s publicly known about HTML Tidy and TidyLib, please consider paying a visit
to the Tidy project’s homepage at http://tidy.sourceforge.net.
Is this program freeware?
Yes. Do what you want with it. If you feel absolutely obligated to pay, contact me and I won’t hesitate to allow you.
Also know that Balthisar Tidy is open source. See the next question.
Can I get the source code?
Yes! The source code is included on the disk image currently. You’re probably more interested in the
git hub repository, though.
Why doesn’t the batch mode window work?
Starting with version 0.60 you shouldn’t even see the batch mode window now, although the preferences window
still contains a reference to it. Just ignore it for now.