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demoroniser - correct moronic and gratuitously incompatible Microsoft HTML

This page describes, in Unix manual page style, a Perl program available for downloading from this site which corrects numerous errors and incompatibilities in HTML generated by, or edited with, Microsoft applications. The demoroniser keeps you from looking dumber than a bag of dirt when your Web page is viewed by a user on a non-Microsoft platform.

Many slick, high profile corporate Web sites I visit seemed to exhibit terrible grammar completely inconsistent with the obvious investment in graphics and design. Apostrophes and quote marks were frequently omitted, and every couple of paragraphs words were run together which should have been separated by a punctuation mark of some kind.

This remained a mystery to me until I wanted to convert a presentation I'd developed in 1996 using Microsoft PowerPoint into a set of Web pages. A friend was kind enough to run the presentation through PowerPoint's "Save as HTML" feature (I have abandoned all use of Microsoft products, so I did not have a current version of PowerPoint which includes this feature). When I got the PowerPoint-generated HTML back and viewed it in my browser, I discovered that it contained precisely the same grammatical errors I'd noted on so many Web sites, and which certainly were not present in my original presentation.

A little detective work revealed that, as is usually the case when you encounter something shoddy in the vicinity of a computer, Microsoft incompetence and gratuitous incompatibility were to blame. Western language HTML documents are written in the ISO 8859-1 Latin-1 character set, with a specified set of escapes for special characters. Blithely ignoring this prescription, as usual, Microsoft use their own "extension" to Latin-1, in which a variety of characters which do not appear in Latin-1 are inserted in the range 0x82 through 0x95--this having the merit of being incompatible with both Latin-1 and Unicode, which reserve this region for additional control characters.

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ZDNet Arachnophilia Create Web pages with RTF docs - ZDNet Downloads Arachnophilia is a feature-packed HTML editor, useful for both the novice and experienced Webmaster.

Perhaps its most useful feature is the ability to take files in Rich Text Format (.rtf) created by many word processors (such as Microsoft Word) and automatically convert them into HTML documents -- a great time-saver if you have documents in .rtf format and want to put them on the Web without the fuss of manually converting them. Arachnophilia is also a very competent general-purpose HTML editor, allowing you to create HTML files from scratch. Wizards for lists and tables, along with special menus for forms, frames, and styles, make page creation quick. Arachnophilia also features a built-in browser, so you can easily preview your work as you go; an integral FTP utility for uploading your site to a server; and a site analyzer to spot errors, along with many more options.

check out its pretty cool. you can upload postscript files and it will convert them into pdf files for you. this is nice if you dont have access to a unix machine.

[fm] -- analyzes the dependencies of a set of files and produces an easily-parsable report.

tableau -- Perl CGI program to generate and edit HTML tables based on CSV files. Jun 09th 1999, 05:35 stable: none - devel: 1.38 license: GPL

Linbot 0.9
Linbot is the professional Site Management Tool for webmasters. Linbot allows webmasters to view the structure of a site, track down broken links, find potentially outdated web pages list links pointing to external sites, view portfolio of inline images, get a run-down of problems sorted by author and to do all this periodically without user intervention.

RearSitee François Dagorn - June 16th 1999, 04:11 EST

RearSite is an application allowing the management of files from a WWW interface. RearSite was written to give users the ability to update their personal home pages (without using any commercial product or FTP). Using RearSite is quite simple: after login, the user has access to his home directory and is able to delete, rename and
create documents. RearSite is able to upload WWW directories previously created (using any editors). It's very easy to transfer and install archives (ZIP, tar or tar.gz)

[July 14, 1999] HTML Tidy is a free utility to fix mistakes made while editing HTML and to automatically tidy up sloppy editing into nicely layed out markup. It also works great on the atrociously hard to read markup generated by specialized HTML editors and conversion tools, and can help you identify where you need to pay further attention
on making your pages more accessible to people with disabilities.

WebPosition Online Strategies Workshop commercial 6 week course with accreditation. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

The student demonstrates his or her understanding of web positioning techniques by applying those techniques to his/her own website, then seeing the results in the search engine rankings. Lessons are completed and turned in, as well as a final exam. Depending on the website and the popularity of keywords choosen, students may have to spend more time tweaking their site before watching those rankings go slowly up. But, the lessons provide the knowledge needed in order to achieve those high rankings.

E-commerce: Doing Internet Business the RIGHT Way Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: A. Recognize and understand their target audience and client base. B. Establish and outline obtainable goals and objectives for capturing and keeping online customers/clients. C. Determine a successful strategy for conducting e-commerce, select the tools necessary to reach those goals, and and put them into practice. D. Design, implement and maintain an effective Website to e-commerce strategy and the various e-commerce tools available to them such as virtual stores, electronic shopping carts, REGNET, e-mail, autoresponders and more. E. Understand the importance of offering customers secure online transactions and which tools are currently available for maintenance of customer privacy. F. Learn how to incorporate electronic commerce into their business strategy, whether they are dealing with a one-person business or a large corporation.

The student demonstrates his or her understanding of e-commerce by outlining a strategy for a fictitious company by developing a three- to five-page implementation plan which uses specific e-commerce tools and methods discussed during the course.

Free Online Educational Book (review of a free educational book available online) Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing

To make a great site, you need to know a little bit about writing, photography, publishing, Unix system administration, relational database management systems (RDBMS), user interface design, and computer programming.


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The problem with /usr/ucb/mail shell escapes is going stay with us for quite a while: I have found that many web sites run CGI helper scripts that send data from the network into /usr/ucb/mail, without censoring of, for example, newline characters embedded in the data.




WebMaker is a GUI HTML Editor for Unix. Main features include a nice GUI interface, menus, toolbar and dialogs for tag editing, multiple windows support, HTML 4.0 support, color syntax highlighting, preview with external browser, ability to filter editor content through any external program that supports stdin/stdout and KDE integration.

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