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Feature Request: Omit boilerplate #795

brennanyoung opened this issue Jan 22, 2019 · 2 comments

Feature Request: Omit boilerplate #795

brennanyoung opened this issue Jan 22, 2019 · 2 comments


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Very nice plugin.

I have searched the config options looking for a way to disable entirely the adding of boilerplate code (doctype, head, title, meta, body, and their closing tags)

Use case 1:

I have several snippets of markup from different sources, which I want tidied so that the syntax is consistent. This code will be concatenated at a later time into a larger piece of markup, with its own doctype, head and body, so I don't want doctype, head, body etc. around my snippets, I just want them to be tidied.

Use case 2:

I have a snippet of markup which derives from a call from outerHTML. It's been minified, and I want to pretty print it so that it may be inspected more easily by a human. I want the snippet to contain the exact same markup, only prettier. When tidy inserts additional boilerplate code, it creates more work for me, because I then have to delete those in order to achieve the actual goal of focusing-in.

AFAICT there is no such feature as omit-boilerplate (or equivalent - correct me if I am wrong). So this is a formal request for a config option which allows this.

The closest appears to be


but that will also remove optional tags from the input markup, which is not what I am looking for. There's no setting which will omit the title!

I just want tidy/pretty markup without any additional boilerplate. I hope this is possible.

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@brennanyoung just a quick read... but have you tried show-body-only in your config?... will try to read again later...

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@geoffmcl Thank you! That's exactly the behavior I wanted.
OK, then I will dial down my feature request to request that show-body-only is easier to find in the docs :D

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