Anticipated Frequently Asked Questions
Doesn’t macOS already include command line Tidy?
macOS has included command line Tidy since macOS 10.4. Until recently the
HTML Tidy project had been de-prioritized by the W3C, and there had been no
official releases since 2006. Consequentially, even today, macOS ships with a
very outdated version of Tidy that’s not even capable of working with HTML5.
tidy -v on macOS by default:
HTML Tidy for Mac OS X released on 31 October 2006 - Apple Inc. build 15.15
What’s been improved?
The most important difference, of course, is the HTML5 support. In addition to that
we’ve incorporated a lot of community improvements such as as
attributes. Everything that Balthisar Tidy does vis-à-vis processing, HTML Tidy
for the command line does, too.
Why do I need admin privileges to install? What changes are made to my system?
The installer will place
/usr/local/bin and the man page into
/usr/local/share/ which is where they properly belong. In addition they are supposed
to be owned by the root user, and so the installer must ask for administrative access.
The installer does not overwrite the originals. Because of this it also adds and/or
modifies your UNIX
$PATH variable in
.bash_profile to ensure the correct version
of tidy is used by default. If you’re pedantic about your paths, you might want to
edit the changes made by the installer.
Both HTML Tidy and the macOS Installer materials are open source, and their
respective source code repositories are both located on HTACG’s GitHub site.
HTML Tidy’s source code can be found on its GitHub repository, and the
installer package and disk image materials for the Mac installer can be found in its
own GitHub repository.
Is this installer signed?
Yes, it is signed with my Apple Developer Installer ID, and should work nicely with
GateKeeper. Other contributing members of HTACG may sign future releases with their
own developer certificates.
Is there parity between Balthisar Tidy and HTML Tidy for the command line?
Balthisar Tidy and Balthisar Tidy for Work are distributed via the Mac App Store,
and are kept in parity with Balthisar Tidy distributed from this website.
HTML Tidy is a simple Terminal application that experiences rapid development.
Because the App Store release process is slow, it’s often the case that
HTML Tidy will have some sort of improvements made to it versus Balthisar Tidy.
If there are any Earth-shattering changes, we will be sure to push the changes to the
App Store as soon as possible.
And don’t forget, if you are a Balthisar Tidy for Work user, you can export your Tidy
settings effortlessly for use with HTML Tidy, or for use with HTML Tidy on any
other platform that it runs on.
Versions and Support
As HTML Tidy is primarily community-supported, bugs and other Tidy-specific issues
should be reported to the official repository.