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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

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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