Whether you need to do so for your website or yourself, there is quite often a need to create a listing for a particular directory, set of directories or a whole drive. There are very simple ways of doing this but the end results are not exactly pleasing to look at with a simple text based output. A much nicer and more functional way is to create these structures in an HTML directory format. This is an especially ideal scenario if you are using your system as a server or something like a sitemap or index for a website is needed where local directories can be indexed and then uploaded.
Even if you have no intention of using HTML directory listings for online purposes, creating listings for cataloguing file collections and folders on your hard drives or CD’s and DVD’s still produces something that is much easier to read and navigate around than a standard text file alone. A program called Dir2HTML from Arclab is a freeware tool for Windows that aims to make it easy to convert a standard directory structure into an HTML index file.