Miscellaneous WWW Software Tools and Resources
This page contains information on miscellaneous WWW software and HTML
authoring tools which may or may not yet be included in large indices
such as Yahoo. Some were found in posts to the
comp.infosystems.www.[...] hierarchy; some were included as
per users' suggestions; and others were even stumbled
upon while wandering the Web.
Included are PC, Mac, and UNIX utilities
for making interlaced and transparent GIFs; image mapping software;
specialized HTML converters; and links to information on CGI and Perl,
and other programming resources.
This page is in a state of perpetual development. Suggestions to
are therefore encouraged.
Page Design Resources
For everything you could possible need to create and work with transparent and
interlaced GIFs, see
page at http://dragon.jpl.nasa.gov/~adam/transparent.html.
Eskimo North Inc. On Line
also has a good collection of links to HTML tools, including information on CGI and Perl.
The HTML Developer's Tool Library
has a number of useful PC, Mac, and UNIX utilities for making and using transparent /
interlaced GIFs and image maps, among other things.
Yahoo's collection of page design tips also includes links to information on how
to use backgrounds, forms, icons, imagemaps (clickable images), Perl scripts and CGI,
and transparent images.
The CGI Resources web site
has a large collection of CGI resources, plus an area listing many
tutorials. This is a good place to start.
Perl and CGI
tutorials are other excellent resources, and can be found at
The Perl tutorial assumes a
basic knowledge of UNIX, although high-level programming experience is
not required. Topics covered include variable types, file handling,
control structures, string matching (regular expressions),
substitution and translation, and subroutines. The lessons are
well-organized, clearly written, and each includes a supplementary
exercise that expands on and tests understanding of the lesson's
contents. The GZIPped text of the Perl tutorial is available at
. The CGI tutorial includes discussion of environment variables,
information packaging, and forms processing, and is geared more strongly
towards WWW applications. Both include a number of links to other relevant
sources of information on the Internet.
Due to its ease of use, Perl (Practical Extraction and
Reporting Language) has become extremely popular for writing
CGI programs to handle
information related to HTML documents, such as those involved in processing
forms. Online resources include a FAQ in both
form, and the PERL man
page. A good starting point for finding additional information is the
University of Florida Perl Archive.
A large library of Perl5 CGI material related to forms processing can be found
A number of users have recommended this language as an attractive alternative
to PERL or shell scripts. Python is an object-oriented scripting language
incorporating modules, exceptions, dynamic typing, very high level dynamic
data types, and classes. It also has interfaces to many system calls and
libraries as well to various window systems, and is extensible in C or C++.
Python runs on many flavours of UNIX, on the Mac, and on PCs under DOS,
Windows, Windows NT, and OS/2. The comprehensive
Python home page includes Python news,
links to the mailing list and newsgroup archive, a Python tutorial, sources,
pre-built binaries, documentation, the Python FAQ, and a library of
Browser Test Page
Test Page at
http://www-dsed.llnl.gov/documents/WWWtest.html allows you to
test your browser and its associated helper applications which handle
text, graphics, sound, video, and archive files. Some of the common WWW
file formats that have links on this page are GIF, JPEG, TIFF, AU, AIFF,
MPEG, QT, PS, and GZ. Some of the less common ones include PDF, VRML,
V5D, XBM, and SGML.
C++ to HTML Converter
This program is derived from Norbert Kiesel's c++2latex . Please
read README.c++2latex for information about how to compile the
program . NOTE : there is version 3.2 or more of C++2LaTeX , so
you probably will prefer it for c++->latex conversion . I started
with recent version because the last one defines .l file for each
language ( c c++ ...) , but I actually needed only c++.
The shar archive is available for
- Latest version: 27 NOV 1994
- System requirements:
- Download size: 44 KB
GIFTOOL (I cannot find it -- please see note below!)
This is a handy utility, available on a number of platforms (except Mac),
that creates interlaced and transparent GIFs, among other things. The
GIFTOOL home page can be
found at http://www.homepages.com/tools/, and contains links to
download binaries for many flavours of UNIX and MS-DOS, as well as the
page also contains some information on a utility called
Animate, written in Perl, that allows you to incorporate
server-push animation into your Web page.
- Latest version: 1.0
- System requirements: UNIX (many flavours), Linux, or DOS
- Download size: 132 KB (DOS)
The home site for this software, http://www.homepages.com/tools/,
has disappeared (the above links are inactive). However, the software
is avaiablel from the FreeBSD software archive. One possible source for
this software is in Russia, at
htmltoc is a Perl program to generate a Table of Contents (ToC) for HTML
documents. htmltoc can create a ToC for a single HTML file or multiple
HTML files. htmltoc also has the ability to inline a ToC for an HTML file.
htmltoc home page can be found at
contains links to an
example of the output as well as a
htxp is a preprocessor that provides time-saving features for writing
HTML files, such as built-in user-definable abbreviations and macros.
Not only does this make marked-up text easier to read, it also reduces
the chance of typos. For more information, see the
page at http://www.mcs.anl.gov/home/kwong/htxp1.html,
which contains links to the appropriate
source code and installation instructions.
The Leaky Tree Compiler
The Leaky Tree Compiler (LTC) is a DOS utility that converts .QDL (Quick and Dirty
Language) files into HTML. Developed by Steve Walton, QDL is an simple
but versatile outline building language which supports image placement,
indentation control, cross-referencing, and "jump back" lines using the
HTML <a href=#pointer> and <a name="pointer"> tags. The
marked-up result is an easily navigable, index card-like data structure.
For more information, including examples of a cookbook created with the
LTC, and the QDL spec, see the Leaky Tree Compiler home
page at http://www.eskimo.com/~stevew/leak.htm. You can
also download the
package directly from http://www.eskimo.com/~stevew/leaky.exe.
This capable imagemap editor runs under 32-bit flavours of Windows, and
nothing less, so if you're using Windows 3.1, you'll need to download
and install the Win32s package from the above URL. Features include
polygon reshaping and dragging; multiple GIF sessions, each up to
1280x1024 pixels; a floating area list box; and, of course, 32-bit
performance. For more information, visit the Map THIS! home
page at http://galadriel.ecaetc.ohio-state.edu/tc/mt/ which
includes links to download
- Latest version: 1.00.5
- System requirements: Windows 3.1 +
/ Windows NT / Windows 95
- Download size: 520 KB
- License: freeware
If you were to walk up to a total stranger and ask about imagemap editing
software, chances are that person would either give you a blank stare,
or immediately mention Mapedit. Small, easy to use, and vastly superior
to counting pixels, Mapedit has undoubtedly made many a web author's
life easier. For more information about Mapedit, including its developer
who maintains the WWW FAQ, and
download the package, see the Mapedit home
- Latest version: 1.4 for Windows; 1.1.2 for X Windows
- System requirements: Windows or X Windows
- Download size: 55 KB (.ZIP); 61 KB (.tar.Z)
- License: shareware
Billed as a "multimedia design tool for Windows," MediaWrangler by
AltaVista Technology Inc. is actually several tools in one: a point-and-click
imagemap creator; a design tool for catalogs, brochures, presentations,
etc.; a searchable multimedia database; a viewer for AVI, MPEG, WAV, and
MIDI files; and and a multi-format image conversion utility. For more
information on features and reviews, check out the
AltaVista home page
Downloading the demo version is as simple as submitting this
MediaWrangler Player for Windows is also available from this site.
- Latest version:
- System requirements:
- DOS 5.0 + Windows 3.1
- minimum 80386
- 4 MB RAM
- SVGA graphics
- CD-ROM drive (full version)
- Download size: 1,478 KB (MediaWrangler main); 915 KB (MediaWrangler player)
- License: free demo; full version MSRP U$99
Netscape Bookmark Editor for Windows (demo)
The title of this package is pretty self-explanatory. Features include drag-and-drop
bookmark rearranging; folder, bookmark, and separator creation and management;
sorting; deletion; and more. Registration removes the 30 bookmark limit
imposed by the free demo. The
NBEW home page can be found at http://www.lamplight.com/lamplight/editor.html,
and contains a link to
download the demo version of the software, as well as instructions to
upgrade to the
- Latest version: 2.5
- System requirements: Windows +
- Download size: 89 KB
- License: free demo limited to 30 bookmarks; full version, U$15 / CAN$22
Written in Tcl, TreeLink analyzes a WWW page's hyperlinks to a given
depth and represents them graphically, making it possible to
see a page's link structure at a glance. It is also possible to make
connections to remote servers and build trees for remote documents as
well. The generated "hypergraphs" are not linked to your
browser, however, so it's not possible to click on a part of the
hypergraph to go to that URL.
TreeLink home page can be found at
includes a link to
download the archive, as well as an
example of the screen output.
Note: you need Tcl7.x / TclX7.x / Tk3.x to analyze the information and generate
the tree display.
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Last updated by Ian Graham: 13 September 1999.