Detagger: convert HTML to text and remove markup

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If you've ever tried to convert an HTML document to text you know just how difficult it can be. Sure, the conversion is a snap, but keeping the file formatting is often a lost cause. Enter Detagger, a clever little shareware program from JafSoft. This utility will remove some or all of the tags from an HTML file, enabling you to extract text from Web pages while keeping the original format, or just clean up extraneous code from HTML files you've edited and re-edited one time too many.

Using the program to create straight text files from a Web site is amazingly easy; with just a few mouse clicks, your perfectly formatted text file will be saved to the hard drive and ready for you to edit or send to a friend. Advanced features such as changing or removing specific tags, however, have a bit of a learning curve. Fortunately, documentation is plentiful, and everything is fairly intuitive. Having never used the program before, I was able to pick up enough to convert all of the tags in an HTML file from upper to lower case, remove all the font tags, and change the header and footer in less than 10 minutes.

The program also comes in a console version, for use when batch editing files. This can be very useful if, for example, you've captured a directory full of recipes from the Web and want to convert everything into text. Just load up the program, specify the directory in which to run it, and presto--instant text files.

If you do a lot of HTML editing or just like to save interesting Web sites to text to read later, you'll get a lot of use out of this program. You can download a 30-day trial version of Detagger for free, and, if you decide you like it, a single-user license costs $29.95.

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