htp works by processing special HTML files and producing as output regular HTML files ready to be served up. The original HTML files are "special" because they (possibly) contain certain markup tags only recognizable to htp. These tags are formed very similarly to standard HTML tags. This allows for an easy learning curve and the ability to use visual HTML editors to build htp files.
This on-line reference was entirely designed with htp. The htp Home Page has a hyperlink to the latest copy of htp, which includes an executable file, a client-readable copy of this reference, the original files used to build the reference, and a full copy of the original 'C' language source code (either for perusal or porting to other platforms).
A WWW page was produced by the author, and is now maintained by Robert King (email@example.com) at http://maths.newcastle.edu.au/~rking/htp/.
htp is a simple response to this problem. Although there are a number of interactive HTML editors available, none of them had all of the features I've placed into htp. I'm also uncomfortable using Windows-based HTML editors, for a variety of reasons. htp allows me to produce HTML files with any text editor. Once finished, htp is executed from the command-line to "build" the final HTML code that goes on the HTTP server.
Build is an appropriate term. The HTML source files can ultimately be used to import various files, letting the author create a sort of "template" for the various headers and footers that are part of the HTML document.
This on-line reference is considered documention for htp, and is therefore subject to the same conditions of distribution as the actual utility.
If you actively use htp and find it useful and worthwhile, I would
appreciate placing a hyperlink on one of your pages pointing to the htp
Porting to other platforms
htp was written in as much standard ANSI C as possible. I was anticipating
porting it to platforms other than DOS and Linux. Indeed, one user
has successfully ported it to a SPARCstation running Solaris and another
to a Digital AlphaStation 200 4/100 running OSF/2 v3.2c. Recently, a user
reported a successful port to HP/UX.
If you run into problems porting htp, please email me as thorough a description of the error(s) as possible, I'll be more than happy to try and help you through the process.
One source of problem on many UNIX platforms is that ulong is not already
defined in the include files. If you receive compiler errors stating something
to the effect of
try adding this to os.h just after
parse error before 'ulong'
#define PROGRAM_OS ("Linux/Posix"):
typedef unsigned long ulong;
If you are successful in porting htp to another platform, I would appreciate an email. Thanks in advance.
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Last updated Thu Jul 12, 2001