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Note: All the tools' descriptions are deliberately included on this one long page so that you can easily print it out and read it at your convenience to learn how valuable these tools can be for your Web or intranet maintenance.

The following tools are available in both Windows 3.x (16-bit) and Windows 95/98/NT/2000/ME/XP (32-bit) versions.

Tool Summaries

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-HTML PowerAnalyzer -- Fast, powerful, and customizable offline HTML syntax checker and link validator. (More info.)

-HTML PowerSpell -- Spell-check an entire Website in one pass! Fully HTML-aware. Supports custom dictionaries, context view of misspelled words, and much more.(More info.)

-HTML Image Scanner -- Automatically inserts Width and Height attributes for all GIF and JPEG images, plus on-the-fly insertion and validation of all ALT attributes. (More info.)

-HTML Meta Manager -- The fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to guarantee that your Website appears optimally in major WWW search engines. Allows rapid insertion/editing of Description and Keyword META tags (and TITLE tags) for every page in a Website. (More info.)

-HTML PowerSearch -- The most powerful multi-file/multi-directory search/replace utility available today. Fully HTML-aware. (More info.)

-HTML Date Stamper -- Intelligently and quickly inserts a dynamic "last modified date" string into pre-defined locations in every HTML page in a Website. Customizable and very flexible. (More info.)

-HTML to Text Converter -- Converts HTML documents to text files while retaining basic formatting. Converts any number of HTML files stored in any number of directories with a single mouse click. (More info.)

-HTML Rulebase Editor -- Simple-to-use utility for complete customization of the HTML language rules used by other HTML PowerTools. (More info.)


Detailed Descriptions

-HTML PowerAnalyzer

HTML PowerAnalyzer is a sophisticated tool employing powerful algorithms to scan HTML files and alert the user to all errors contained within them. In addition, a comprehensive report is generated containing a wealth of useful information about each file, and the entire Website.

In addition to all types of HTML syntax errors, HTML PowerAnalyzer will catch invalid &character; entity codes, non-text characters, missing/invalid link references (local files and Web pages on other servers), missing anchors, and link references containing capital letters (which may be cause problems on case-sensitive UNIX servers).

HTML PowerAnalyzer also builds a list of all files included in the project directories that are not included in the Web project and that are not referenced by any files in the Web project. This helps you weed out old and obsolete files that may still be taking up space unnecessarily.

HTML PowerAnalyzer supports the very latest W3C HTML, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Netscape Navigator extensions, and can be completely customized. The user can even select which browser (or HTML standard) to analyze for: any proprietary HTML tags (or attributes within standard tags) not supported by the selected browser will be flagged.

HTML PowerAnalyzer's algorithms utilize databases containing all rules of the HTML language -- an HTML Rulebase. The HTML Rulebase Editor (see below) allows the advanced HTML user to freely modify any and all aspects of the HTML markup language for his particular purposes. This includes adding/deleting HTML tags and tag attributes, redefining language rules for all defined elements, adding browser definitions, and more. In other words, the user has the ability to totally customize the logic used in the analysis. The latest HTML Rulebases will always be available for free download from this Website as they become available. Thus, no matter how quickly the HTML language evolves, HTML PowerAnalyzer will never become obsolete.

It is not enough to visually check a Website in one or two browsers -- you want to be certain that your markup is perfect and error-free. You also want to know for sure that every single image and hyperlink is perfect, without having to scour your site and test-click every link. HTML PowerAnalyzer will automatically provide you with the certainty you need -- with the click of a button.

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-HTML PowerSpell

HTML PowerSpell will allow you to quickly and easily spell-check entire Websites, regardless of what software you used to create them. This program is unique in its comprehensive understanding of HTML files to ensure that you spell-check everything you should while avoiding all the HTML code that you don't want to check.

Selected Cool Tool of the Day, July 8, 1997!

Unlike the spell-checker that may be built into your HTML editor, you no longer have to laboriously check your work page-by-page. And unlike the spell-checker in your text editor, you no longer have to repeatedly hit Ignore to skip all the HTML elements that you don't want to check.

Advanced spell-checking features that you've come to expect from your software are all included, such as support for custom dictionaries, various options for customizing spell-checking, and a context view of misspelled words.

HTML PowerSpell fully understands your HTML files in order to thoroughly and correctly spell-check them. For example:

<i>un</i>believable really means unbelievable
resum&eacute; really means resumé
<img src="pic.gif" alt="Checkk this text"> should include Check this text

Typos and misspelled words in your Websites may leave doubt as to your level of professionalism or your attention to detail. Use HTML PowerSpell every time you make changes to your Websites to ensure that your pages are error-free!

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-HTML Image Scanner

Experienced Web developers know -- and beginners will learn -- the value of using the WIDTH and HEIGHT parameters of the IMG tag: much faster perceived loading of a Web page. When the browser is provided with these parameters, it can set aside a space for the picture which it will load later, and immediately place all the text on the page.

Unfortunately, inserting these parameters into every IMG tag in a Website is tedious and error-prone. First, you have to use some software to determine the width and height of every image you will use. Next, you have to search for every occurrence of an IMG tag in the site. Then, you have to manually type in the appropriate WIDTH=123 HEIGHT=123. Not only does this process take a very long time, it is irritating. Also, typos during this type of mundane, repetitive work are common, resulting in distorted images and more work.

HTML Image Scanner solves this problem once and for all. With the click of a button it will scan every IMG tag and every referenced image in an entire Website and automatically insert the correct WIDTH and HEIGHT parameters. A number of customizable parameters let you decide, for example, whether to alter an existing parameter (that may intentionally be different from the actual image size) or to leave it alone. You can even enter a list of image filenames which you want HTML Image Scanner to ignore.

If you have many images spread across many pages, or if you frequently modify the images included in your pages or add new ones, HTML Image Scanner is an absolute necessity.

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-HTML Meta Manager

The major Web search engines constantly scan the World Wide Web to automatically index every page they find -- including yours. In the absence of any special indicators as to the content of your page, they take a best guess at an accurate description and applicable search keywords. The result is often less than satisfactory, which is why (a) so many searches turn up garbage, and (b) why your site might not come up when someone is searching for it.

So what kind of special indicators can you use to improve the indexing of your Web pages in the search engines? Well, they're called META tags and they can be inserted into every HTML page in a Website. META tags explicitly define a description and keywords for every page in a Website. It is very much in your best interest to include these tags in your pages, if you want to guarantee that your site will come up when a potential visitor is using a search engine. And not just on your home page -- why not have every page in your Website come up separately in a search, improving the chances that someone will click on one of your pages, rather than the competition?

The problem is, adding the required HTML tags to every page in a Website can be a huge job. Some HTML editors allow you to define a description and keywords while working on a page, but you still have to manually enter the information for every page separately. The result is that most Websites still do not have the required META tags entered on every page.

HTML Meta Manager is an elegant solution to this problem: it allows you to easily enter a description and keywords for every page in your Website in a single, easy-to-use window. You can enter separate information for each page, or add the same META information to every page in your Website with the click of a button. The program also allows you to easily edit each page TITLE, or to automatically insert the TITLE as the description for every page.

Regardless of the HTML editing environment you work in, HTML Meta Manager can quickly and easily ensure that all your Web pages are properly listed in the major search engines.

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-HTML PowerSearch

Find and replace utilities, included in editors and word processors as well as stand-alone tools, abound. So why buy another one?

First of all, HTML files are not text files, even though they are saved as text. HTML files follow a specific set of rules in how their content is read by an HTML browser, and standard find and replace tools do not take this into consideration. For example, in HTML a space, a tab, and a line break are all equivalent. Well-formatted HTML source that is easy to read and work with contains many tabs and line breaks that will never be rendered when the file is viewed in a browser. Your standard search tool will not know to find the search string "hello world" in the following example, yet in HTML it should be found.

    In this example we have the text "hello
    world" separated by a line break and a tab.

Likewise, you'll be able to find text bracketed by HTML tags, such as "click here" in the following line of an HTML file:

    Don't try to find this
    click <a href="link.html">here</a>
    in your text editor!

HTML PowerSearch is an HTML-specific tool that knows how to intelligently perform searches on HTML files.

Secondly, performing a search or search & replace across an entire Website using an editor or word processor can be very tedious. HTML PowerSearch handles entire Websites, stored in any number of subdirectories, with one button click.

Thirdly, HTML PowerSearch combines its HTML-specific searching with flexible wild-card searching. You will never be able to return to working on your Websites without the aid of HTML PowerSearch.

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-HTML Date Stamper

Not only is it customary on the Web to include a "last modified on" date in Websites, it is an important indicator to those viewing your pages that the pages are recent and up-to-date. One thing sure to convince a browser not to return to your pages is if they are not updated frequently.

The amount of time and effort required to go into your home page and modify the date is not extreme. However, wouldn't it be beneficial to include a "this site last modified on" date stamp on the bottom of every page in your site? Users often enter your sites at individual pages and not through your home page. Thus, if you want to show your audience that the site is up-to-date (even if that particular page has not been recently changed), you should have a date stamp on each and every page.

The amount of time and effort to insert the current date into every page, though, is not negligible. HTML PowerTools' HTML Date Stamper will do this for you automatically, on some or all of your Website's pages, with the click of a button.

And what if you wanted to mark each individual page with a "last modified" date of its own? HTML Date Stamper can also date stamp each file with the actual date (as reported by the operating system) that it was last modified.

You provide a simple set of rules that tells the program where to insert the current (or some other) date in any files that you want to be affected. For example, you could define a rule as, "replace all text between the words 'Last modified: ' and the next period with today's date. A number of date and date/time formats are available to choose from.

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-HTML to Text Converter

Web authors work with HTML. Even if your source files came from another source, once they have been marked up using HMTL, they are no longer viewable without an HTML browser. However, it is often necessary to convert an HTML document back to plain text.

A simple approach would be to simply remove all the HTML markup from a file. This would leave a rather ugly, unformatted text file containing many extra spaces, tabs, and line breaks. A better approach would be to interpret the HTML tags contained in the document, much as an HTML browser does, and create a text file containing some of the formatting from the original. HTML PowerTools' HTML to Text Converter takes this improved approach.

The formatting available in a text file is limited, but HTML to Text Converter maintains many of the important aspects such as headings, titles, bulleted/numbered lists (even multi-level numbered lists), paragraph breaks (differentiating between <BR> and <P> tags), horizontal rules (<HR> tags), and more. Of course, all spaces, tabs, and line breaks used to format the HTML source are dealt with intelligently to eliminate extraneous spaces and line breaks in the converted text file.

Unlike other approaches for converting files, HTML to Text Converter saves time and effort by running in batch mode, converting some or all of the files in a Web project with one button click.

Customizable options allow some control of the how the text file is rendered, including choosing word-wrap, setting maximum line length, and choosing to render horizontal rules (<HR> tags) or not. If you ever need to convert HTML documents to text files, HTML PowerTools' HTML to Text Converter will be a very valuable utility in your HTML developer's toolkit.


-HTML Rulebase Editor

A great strength of HTML PowerAnalyzer (as well as some other HTML PowerTools) lies in the customizable HTML Rulebase files that contain the rules of the HTML markup language. Due to the many different implementations of HTML in the real world, and the rapid pace at which the language is presently evolving, it is an absolute necessity to be able to quickly and easily customize any software dealing with HTML.

The HTML Rulebase Editor allows you to do just that. No matter how quickly the vendors of HTML editors and other HTML programs react to changes in the language, they will never keep up. But you, the user, will always want to be at the forefront. Using the HTML Rulebase Editor, the HTML PowerTools toolkit can always be completely up-to-date.

The HTML Rulebase Editor features a professionally-designed user interface to allow you intuitive and direct access to every relevant attribute of every HTML tag and tag attribute. You can define all aspects of tags and tag attributes for each specific browser (or HTML standard), and even add support for brand new browsers. For example, when a new version of Netscape Navigator is released, you can immediately enter all of its new tags. In addition to tag and attribute information, you can modify the lists of defined protocols (e.g., http://, ftp://) and character entity codes (e.g., &amp; &copy;).

The HTML Rulebase Editor provides one other significant benefit: it doubles as a comprehensive (and customizable) online reference of the entire HTML language.

When used in conjunction with HTML PowerAnalyzer and other tools, the flexibility and power that the HTML Rulebase Editor provides are unmatched in the HTML software available on the market today.

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