HTML Tidy is a tool that was originally written by Dave Raggett of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It is designed to fix mistakes in HTML, tidy up the layout (hence the name), assist with web accessibility, convert HTML to XHTML and many other things.
The software is now maintained by a group of volunteers working as an Open Source Community at Source Forge and this is the place to go for more information.
The version down-loadable from this page has been taken from
a recent ‘Beta’ source released by the Source Forge
volunteers and compiled for Win32 using MinGW
(Minimalist GNU for Windows). This produces a very compact
binary which requires no additional libraries or environment in
which to run. It is now built from the “tidylib”
sources without the Asian and UTF16 character encodings or the
Accessibility checks. There are two executables in the ZIP
I try to keep my system virus free but you do check downloaded files yourself, don’t you? <g>
Download the latest version
Version of 1 Sep 2005 — built 8 Dec 2005
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My public key can be found on my home
site or on the public key servers—identified by
Rick Parsons & west-penwith.org.uk.
Install and Uninstall
These tools do not require any external libraries or environment. Just unzip them to where they are needed, preferably a folder which is in the search path.
Uninstall? Just delete the two files.
To run Tidy
This is a command line application so you will need a Cmd or
DOS window. Make sure that the tidy.exe is in a folder
contained in the search path (defined in
AUTOEXEC.BAT before Win-XP or in
—> Properties —> Advanced —>
Environment Variables —> System Variables —>
Path for Win-XP). The program is run using the
C:\>tidy [-switches] file.htm
See the documentation at Source Forge for a full instruction manual.
I am unable to help with the use of this program and accept no liability for any problems with it, however caused. Use at your own risk.
To build the tidy system you need the MinGW
“composite” system (I am currently using version
3.1.0-1) and also the Make component (version 3.80.0-3). Then
put the binary directory (probably
C:\MinGW\bin)into the path. To do this (from an
admin account in Win-XP) select
My Computer —>
Properties —> Advanced —> Environment
Variables and edit the
Path in the
System Variables section adding
;C:\MinGW\bin to the end (that is a semi-colon at
There were some minor issues during the build that are worth mentioning.
- For some reason there is no alias
gmakein the MinGW directory so the procedure is to
tidy\build\gmakeand issue the command
The make objected to all the lines of the form
if [ ! -d $(DIR) ]; then mkdir $(DIR); fi
Whether that is something fundamental I have not checked, but in the mean time a workaround is to create the required directories by hand (
bin & libin the root directory,
build\gmakedirectory) and ignore the syntax errors. Update—with version 3.80.0-3 of make from MinGW I have had to comment these lines out of the Makefile as the syntax errors are fatal.
MinGW make does not require (in fact objects to) the explicit request for the c library ( -lc switch). I commented out the line in the Makefile
To install as a plugin to NoteTab Pro, I use the following
tidy.cfg file in the NoteTab Pro install folder.
Some of these are my personal preferences.
tab-size: 8 indent: auto enclose-text: yes wrap-script-literals: no tidy-mark: yes doctype: auto output-xhtml: yes numeric-entities: yes quiet: yes