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What Tidy Can and Cannot Do

While I consider Tidy to be an indispensable tool for anyone who works with web documents, it has strengths and weaknesses just like any other piece of software. Tidy's strengths are obvious:

  • Tidy quickly and efficiently fixes most problems with HTML files.

  • Versions of Tidy are available for many operating systems, including Windows, DOS, Mac OS, several flavors of UNIX/Linux, and BeOS.

  • It's free.

The weaknesses are actually not that bad:

  • Unfortunately, Tidy can't always fix every problem it finds. You'll often run into problems with tables, for example. For a table to be considered accessible, it needs a summary attribute in the <table> tag. Tidy has no function to add the summary attribute automatically. You must correct this type of error by hand.

  • Because it's a command-line tool, Tidy doesn't appeal to anyone who is accustomed to the point-and-click convenience of a graphical user interface.

  • Sometimes you have to run Tidy two or more times to completely clean a file.

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