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New Addresses for Validators

We have put the finishing touches on the validators we announced in late January. There are now several ways to get to the validators depending on how you best remember them. The W3C validators are not all at one URL, so we’ve taken both approaches. You can access them from the subdomains the W3C uses (jigsaw, feedvalidator, etc) or you can use the validator.tamu.edu base domain with paths.

If there are any other helpful open source validators you would like to see inside the firewall please contact us and we will see about getting them online here. These validators are part of our commitment to helping the campus community produce the highest quality web work possible.

W3C HTML Validator

W3C CSS Validator

W3C Feed Validator (RSS and ATOM)

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009 CSS, HTML, Ongoing Projects 1 Comment

Web Development Tools and Local Validators

Nick DeNardis over at .eduGuru recently wrote a post on web development tools. These browser plugins and websites help developers with issues pertaining to website validation, link checking, accessibility, page performance and more. He listed the W3C Markup Validator (aka HTML Validator), but did not list the W3C CSS Validator or the Feed Validator. He did list some browser plugins that will do similiar validation.

I’d like to add one thing to his list for universities in general – running a local copy of the W3C validation services is very valuable. We already run a local copy of the Markup Validator and will very shortly have local copies of the CSS validator and Feed Validator running as well. Having a local copy really helps when validating sites that are still behind the firewall and not accessible via URL to the W3C copy.

You can also set Firefox to use the local copies of the validators as well which will usually lead to faster validation results. It is a good idea for any web developer to take a look at Nick’s list and play with some of the tools you haven’t seen before.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2009 Accessibility, Browsers/Plug-ins, Future Projects, HTML 1 Comment

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