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Local Validators (HTML, CSS, RSS/Atom) Live!

Drum roll please! The webmasters group is proud to bring you local copies of all three validators! The HTML validator has been up for a while. You can find it by going to http://validator.tamu.edu/w3c-validator/.

The second validator, which admittedly took us a while to bring up, is used to validate CSS 1 and 2 and is available at http://validator.tamu.edu/css-validator.

The final validator – a little bonus for being so patient with us on the CSS validator – is the RSS/Atom feed validator available at http://validator.tamu.edu/feedvalidator/. Try this example (one of our feeds) to see the results.

Sure, you could use the external services available at http://validator.w3.org, but your site will have to be exposed through the firewall. The beautiful thing about our local validators is that they are fast, useful to sites not available through the firewall (test and dev sites), and can be entered into Firefox and Opera as the default validators when using plugins such as the Firefox Web Developer Toolbar.

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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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