Word and XML (was: XML standards coherency and so forth)

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Sun Jan 24 05:14:04 GMT 1999

From: Biron,Paul V <Paul.V.Biron at kp.ORG>

>Word 97 also produced several well-formedness violations when doing
>more than simple nested lists.

Dave Ragget's program "tidy" is excellent for fixing up badly formed
HTML and making it valid (it figures out which HTML DTD the document is
valid according to, and generates the appropriate DOCTYPE for it).  It
also is great for converting to HTML-in-XML (e.g. our website
www.ascc.net/xml/ uses it).

The program is available at

I think website developers should consider making tidy a standard part
of website maintenance. Each HTML editing program can do strange things
to markup; using tidy on the maintenance fileset and then updating the
website fileset is a good way to keep a WF site. without forcing you to
give up non-WF tools.


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