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HTML Scope


This essay does not describe an existing computer program, just one that should exist. This essay is about a suggested student project in Java programming. This essay gives a rough overview of how it might work. I have no source, object, specifications, file layouts or anything else useful to implementing this project. Everything I have prepared to help you is right here.

This project outline is not like the artificial, tidy little problems you are spoon-fed in school, when all the facts you need are included, nothing extraneous is mentioned, the answer is fully specified, along with hints to nudge you toward a single expected canonical solution. This project is much more like the real world of messy problems where it is up to you to fully the define the end point, or a series of ever more difficult versions of this project and research the information yourself to solve them.

Everything I have to say to help you with this project is written below. I am not prepared to help you implement it; or give you any additional materials. I have too many other projects of my own.

Though I am a programmer by profession, I don’t do people’s homework for them. That just robs them of an education.

You have my full permission to implement this project in any way you please and to keep all the profits from your endeavour.

Please do not email me about this project without reading the disclaimer above.

HTMLScope has two functions:

How the Scope Function Works

You have two windows, one showing the HTML document and one analysing the character where the mouse points.

You click any character in an HTML document. It tells you the:

In addition, it shows the nest of classes that apply to the character pointed at. You can click on a class to get directly either to the definition of the class in the .css file or to the place in the HTML where the class was applied.

How the Conversion Function Works

The text produced is similar to doing a copy-paste from a browser display with the following exceptions:

You can configure it to use pure ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) or various subsets of full UTF-8.


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