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Do HTML PowerTools replace my current HTML editor?

HTML PowerTools will help you modify and maintain your Web pages. HTML PowerTools do not help you create HTML pages "from scratch". Once you have created your pages using any text editor, HTML editor, or Website publishing software, you use HTML PowerTools to provide functionality that your editing environment does not provide.

For example, not all editors check links for you, making HTML PowerAnalyzer's link-checking capabilities a logical next-step after completing your pages. Also, if you do some or all of your HTML coding by hand, using HTML PowerAnalyzer is a vital step to ensure that no errors have snuck into your pages.

Some HTML editors automatically handle the "perfecting" of Image (IMG) tags, including Width, Height, and Alt tags. Most do not. Even those that do will not correct these parameters if you edit the images, sometimes resulting in distorted graphics. HTML Image Scanner will automatically ensure that every Image tag is perfect whenever you've added graphics to your pages or made changes to existing graphics.

Other HTML PowerTools, such as the Date Stamper and Meta Manager, allow you to improve your Web pages in ways that most HTML editing environments don't provide. Finally, a program like HTML PowerSearch will allow you to intelligently perform Website-wide find and replace operations on your pages.

In short, HTML PowerTools help you make your Web pages better.


I use a high-end Web page creation program and I don't even know HTML. What can HTML PowerTools do for me?

HTML PowerTools can be used to improve your Web pages even if you never look at the HTML source that you create.

HTML Meta Manager is an example. By running your HTML pages through this easy-to-use program, you will help your Website appear better when a potential visitor is using a search engine such as Google or Bing.

Other examples: HTML Date Stamper allows you to add a "last modified date" to every page in your Website automatically with the click of a button. You will use HTML PowerSearch to perform Website-wide searches and replaces. And HTML to Text Converter will let you convert your entire beautifully-crafted Website to clean, formatted text files with one click -- so that you can send them by email, for example.


How can I check my HTML against different browser standards?

HTML PowerAnalyzer uses the information stored in HTML Rulebases to validate your HTML. A number of different HTML Rulebases are supplied with the program. To check your HTML against any particular standard, you simply select it from the Options window and run the analysis. You can customize the analysis by customizing the HTML Rulebases you use. The HTML Rulebase Editor, supplied with HTML PowerTools, makes this very easy.


Do the tools only work on local files or can I use them on files stored on my Web server?

HTML PowerTools work on your local files. There are two advantages to this approach: speed and ability to make changes to files on-the-fly.

If you are using a Windows PC to create and manage your site, these tools are ideal as they work hundreds of times faster than tools that work online. Of course, if you don't work on the site in Windows, then these tools are less useful -- unless you simply download the files to your PC for analysis and optimization and then send them back to your server.


Does HTML Meta Manager support custom Meta tags?

The current version of Meta Manager doesn't (yet) support Meta tags other than Keywords and Description. But there is a way to use the program to create other Meta tags (e.g., <meta name="author"), albeit in a round-about fashion. You can try the following:

Use HTML PowerSearch to replace all occurrences of

    <meta name="keywords"


    <meta name="temporary"

Now, the next time you run HTML Meta Manager it will not find any keywords. Enter into the keyword field the information (contents) that you want for your other tag, e.g., <meta name="author". When you've finished, you will have meta="keywords" representing your custom meta tag.

Use PowerSearch to replace all occurrences of

    <meta name="keywords"


    <meta name="author"

and then to replace all occurrences of

    <meta name="temporary"


    <meta name="keywords"

For a one-time deal, this will be faster than manually editing hundred of files. Obviously, for daily maintenance this will not make your life much easier. We are hoping to release an upgrade of this program that will support any Meta tag that you would want to define.


How does the HTML Image Scanner improve my Web pages?

These days, almost every page on the Web contains at least some in-line (embedded) graphic images. In HTML, this is usually accomplished with the <IMG...> tag. ("usually" because there are other ways, such as with Java or proprietary methods using plug-ins.)

The IMG tag has only one required attribute, SRC, which specifies the filename of the image to display. There are, however, a number of additional attributes that when used properly can offer viewers of your Web pages the following benefits:

1. pages that appear to load into the browser much faster (the most important one)

2. textual descriptions of loaded graphics

3. the ability to display pages sufficiently well in non-graphical browsing environments, such as text-only browsers (pretty rare these days) and when the browser option to display graphics has been turned off (used by many modem surfers to speed browsing by not loading the graphics)


When a Web browser such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer accesses a Web page containing graphics, it must figure out how to lay out the page based on the included graphics (among other things) in order to display it properly. This means that it has to go ahead and load each graphic to see exactly what size it is so that it can calculate the proper layout.

Older versions of the previously-mentioned browsers as well as current versions of many others accomplish this by loading all of the images to determine their dimensions (width and height, in pixels) and then displaying the page. The result of this is that it seems to take a long time for the Web page to load because before the browser can display anything it has to load all the graphics included in the page.

On some pages, however, you will notice an improved way of loading a Web page: you first see the text contents of the page displayed rather quickly, wrapped around empty spaces (called place-holders). Then, the images start to load, filling in the place-holders. Why is this important? The person viewing the page can start reading the page very quickly and, if so desired wishes, can wait for the graphics to load. This is usually much more convenient.

Newer browser versions use a different approach to try limit this problem, but in doing so they introduce another one. They place standard-sized little boxes as place-holders so that they can quickly display the text. The problem is that as they begin to load the graphics, the entire page jumps and jerks around in order to accommodate the different-sized images. This is a rather annoying phenomenon if you're trying to read the page - you end up losing your place and having to scroll around. The result is that you want to wait anyway for the browser to load the whole page and then to start reading the page. Which returns us to the first problem I mentioned - pages seem to take longer to load.


So how do you make your Web pages so that they load quickly with the nice, properly-sized image place-holders? The trick is in using the optional WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes of the IMG tag. Including these in an IMG tag informs the browser *before* it loads the graphics exactly what size each one will be. An example of such an IMG tag is:

<IMG SRC="picture.gif" WIDTH=300 HEIGHT=120>

I would venture to say that all professionally created Web pages contain these optional attributes for every IMG tag in the Website. And you should too, if you want to create the best Web pages that you can.


OK, so you understand what needs to be done. But actually doing it can be difficult. In the "old days" of HTML development, Web page designers had to manually type in each and every WIDTH and HEIGHT. As you can imagine, this is terribly time-consuming and error-prone.

These days, many better HTML editors and Website publishers automatically insert the correct WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes for every IMG tag. While obviously saving Web page creators lots of time, this approach introduced a new problem: mismatched WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes for in-line images. Why? Because graphics are often edited, improved, and replaced.

What happens is that the new image is often of a slightly (or very) different size. The result is that in order to fill the exact amount of space in the Web page as specified by the WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes, the Web browser will either compress or expand the image as required. This almost always results in a distorted image that does not appear in the Web page as was intended. Most HTML editors do not have a facility for updating all the IMG tags for graphics, after they've been added to the page.


There is a simple solution that guarantees that every IMG tag in your Website includes these optional parameters, whether or not your HTML editor inserts them when adding an image to a Web page.

It is called HTML Image Scanner, and it is an exceptionally useful and easy-to-use Windows-based tool with a single purpose: to perfect every image in a Website - containing any number of pages - with almost no effort on your part.

With one click, it will scan every page in a Website and insert (or update) the correct WIDTH and HEIGHT attributes for each in-line GIF and JPEG image. Flexible options allow you to specify automatic mode, manual confirmation of each change, and a number of in-between choices.

Whenever you have made any changes to your Website or the images contained in it, you can simply let HTML Image Scanner scan your site and make sure that every IMG tag is perfect!


There is another optional attribute of the IMG tag that is very worth mentioning: ALT (short for ALTernate). You use this attribute to specify some text to be associated with each graphic. For example:

<IMG SRC="house.gif" WIDTH=300 HEIGHT=120 ALT="A picture of my house">

Different browsers use this text differently, but it is highly recommended to always include it. Text-only browsers use this text in place of pictures. When the user opts not to load images, this text is displayed in place-holders for the picture. Recent browsers also pop up this text when you pass your mouse over an image.

As with WIDTH and HEIGHT, it is difficult and time-consuming to specify a text caption for every picture in a Website.

HTML Image Scanner also provides a time-saving and convenient solution to this problem. While scanning a Website's IMG tags, the program can optionally allow you to enter an ALT text value for each picture, which it then inserts into the IMG tag itself.

It does this in a comfortable user interface that can display each picture for you so that you don't have to go dig it up to figure out what the filename refers to. Furthermore, it allows you to specify a caption once for a given picture and then automatically have it insert that text caption every time that same picture is used anywhere else in the entire Website! This is particularly useful for recurring images such as logos and navigation buttons. And finally, it will optionally point out to you any inconsistencies in ALT tags for particular images in your Websites.


The optional IMG tag attributes WIDTH, HEIGHT, and ALT increase the quality of your Web pages, and make them more professional. If you do your HTML work in Windows, you can use HTML Image Scanner to make the insertion and maintenance of these optional attributes child's play.


How are unlinked (orphan) files detected?

Whether or not the scan for orphaned HTML files is accurate depends on whether, in the project definition, you selected the option "Linked files only." If the program scans *all* HTML files, then it cannot know which are orphans.

Files linked to by non-HTML code (such as CGI scripts, JavaScript, and VBScript) will not be detected as linked files since these items are not scanned by the program. Also, advanced HTML (such as onclick event parameters) are not recognized by the program.

If you wish to double-check the correctness of any reported orphaned file, run the file name through HTML PowerSearch which will generate a report of all occurrences of that file name in the HTML files, determining whether or not it is truly orphaned (this doesn't help for files referenced in CGI scripts).


How can I customize HTML PowerAnalyzer's reports?

From Options, you can select any of the supplied report templates. To customize one, select it and click the Customize button.


How can I avoid refreshing the file list every time I use a tool?

HTML PowerTools must refresh the file list each time the program is started to ensure that it is working on the correct files, and that none are missing. There are two ways, however, to reduce the impact of this.

First of all, when using HTML PowerAnalyzer, you can define a home page for each project as the starting point of an analysis. This will avoid the file list refresh entirely.

For other tools, you can skip the confirmation step of the refresh by holding down Shift or Ctrl when you click the tool button (such as Scan Images or Fix Tags). This will cause the procedure to start right after the refresh so you don't have to wait for the refresh to complete.


How can I avoid scanning particular subdirectories of a defined project?

When defining a project and specifying "Include subdirectories", HTML PowerTools will include all the subdirectories of the specified root directory. If you would like to exclude certain directories from a scan, you can use this tip:

Use Windows Explorer (or File Manager) to make the subdirectories Hidden. You do this by selecting the desired directories, pressing Alt-Enter (for Properties), and selecting Hidden. The tools will not scan these hidden directories.

Remember to return their state to not Hidden when you are finished scanning.


Does HTML PowerTools work with Windows Vista?

HTML PowerTools has not been tested under Windows Vista and we do not plan to support the software on this operating system.


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