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       hindent - HTML reformatting/nesting utility


       hindent [-fslcv] [-i num] [-t num] [file ...]


       This  utility  takes  one  or  more  HTML  files  and reformats them by
       properly indenting them for greater human readability.   The  new  HTML
       code  is  written  to standard output, any errors go to standard error.
       If no file is specified, hindent reads from standard  input.   If  more
       than  one  file  is  specified, each is taken in turn and all output is
       concatenated (with no way to distinguish when one output ends  and  the
       next begins).

       Without  any options, hindent simply varies the amount of whitespace at
       the beginning of each line of input - no lines are added or  subtracted
       from  the  HTML  code.  This means that it generates output that should
       draw the same on all browsers as the input  HTML.   If  the  -s  or  -f
       options  are used, the resulting HTML may not draw exactly the same any
       more.  It is important that you keep your original  HTML  data  around,
       just in case!

       This  version  of hindent understands all container tags defined in the
       HTML 3.2 standard.


       -c     Case.  Forces all tags to lowercase.  By default, hindent forces
              all tags to uppercase.

       -f     Flow.   Prints  just  tags  without  any  data between the tags.
              Damages the HTML in a big way, so save a copy of  your  original
              HTML.  This option helps you follow the HTML code flow visually.

       -i num Indent level.  Set indentation to this many character spaces per
              code  nesting  level.   If set to 0, no indentation is done (all
              output is left-justified).

       -l     List tags.  Causes hindent to print a complete list of tags that
              it recognizes to stdout, and exits.

       -s     Strict.   Multiple  tags  per  line are broken out onto separate
              lines.  Can damage the HTML in minor ways by  drawing  an  extra
              space character in certain parts of the web page, so save a copy
              of your original HTML.  This option helps you  follow  the  HTML
              code flow visually, especially with computer-generated HTML that
              comes out all on one line.

       -t num Tab stop.  Set  the  number  of  spaces  that  a  tab  character
              occupies  on your system.  Defaults to 8, but some people prefer
              expanding tabs to 4 spaces instead.  If set to 0,  no  tabs  are
              output (spaces used to indent lines).

       -v     Version.   Prints  hindent’s  version number to stdout and exits

       The -s option is the most useful, it would be the default if it  didn’t
       damage the HTML code.

       Any combination of these options may be used.


       Example 1.  Download a web page, reformat it, view it:

              lynx -source | hindent | more

       Example 2.  View only the structure, one tag per line:

              lynx -source | hindent -s -f | more

       Example  3.   Reformat  my  home page non-damagingly with 4-space tabs,
       keeping a backup copy:

              cd $HOME/public_html
              mv index.html index.html.old
              hindent -i4 index.html.old > index.html


       The master web page for this tool is:



       Hindent version 1.1.2


       Paul Balyoz <>