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Validate Everything 
An Overview of Online Web Validation Tools 
April 14, 2009 1
What is Validation? 
Validation 
• Verification that something is correct 
• Checking that documents conform to a standard...
Why Validation is Important 
• Helps reduce unexplained errors and debugging 
• Eases the burdens related to site maintena...
Validate your Sitemap 
Search Engine Sitemap Validation Tool 
• Use to check Sitemap syntax 
• Use to notify search engine...
Validate Robots.txt file 
Robots.txt Checker 
• Analyzes the syntax of the robots.txt file 
• Verifies format against Robo...
Validate CSS files 
CSS Validation Service 
• Can specify media, CSS level, and warning level 
• Checks compliance against...
Validate All Links 
W3C Link Checker 
• Check for broken links and anchors 
• Checks single Web page or full Web site 
• Y...
Validate All Markup 
Web Design Group HTML Validator 
• Check for invalid HTML syntax 
• Checks single Web page or full We...
Validate All Other Items 
UITest.com Validator Listing 
• Lists twenty-seven (27) validation tools 
• Also lists Analysis,...
Validation Guidelines 
Google Webmaster Tools 
http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ 
Use the W3C Quality Assurance Tool...
In Summary 
• There are a number of things to validate on sites 
• Start by determining your validation needs 
• Determine...
Caveat Emptor 
There are many ways to manage validation for web sites 
• Skilled developers can provide other solutions 
•...
More Topics from TIC 
All Sitecore-related SlideShares from TIC 
http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/presentations 
How to ...
The Inside Corner, Inc. 
• The Inside Corner, Inc. (TIC) is owned by Craig Nelson 
• TIC is a Sitecore partner & web consu...
Primary Developer - Craig Nelson 
• Sitecore Specialist certified for Sitecore 7 
• 10 years of system administration expe...
Get Help with your Sitecore Site 
Follow TIC on LinkedIn 
• http://www.linkedin.com/company/the-inside-corner-inc. 
Add TI...
Bibliography 
• Markup Validation Service - Why Validate 
• Why is Validation Important 
• Why Validate Your HTML 
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  1. 1. Validate Everything An Overview of Online Web Validation Tools April 14, 2009 1
  2. 2. What is Validation? Validation • Verification that something is correct • Checking that documents conform to a standard Validation Organizations • World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) 2
  3. 3. Why Validation is Important • Helps reduce unexplained errors and debugging • Eases the burdens related to site maintenance • Valid pages are a sign of professionalism • Helps Search Engine Optimization (SEO) • Ensures that pages are standards compliant • Helps ensure pages will run on most browsers • Helps ensure compatibility with future versions of HTML and web browsers 3
  4. 4. Validate your Sitemap Search Engine Sitemap Validation Tool • Use to check Sitemap syntax • Use to notify search engines of Sitemap location • Google • Bing • Yahoo • Ask.com • http://www.xml-sitemaps.com/validate-xml-sitemap.html 4
  5. 5. Validate Robots.txt file Robots.txt Checker • Analyzes the syntax of the robots.txt file • Verifies format against Robot Exclusion Standard • http://tool.motoricerca.info/robots-checker.phtml 5
  6. 6. Validate CSS files CSS Validation Service • Can specify media, CSS level, and warning level • Checks compliance against CSS 2.1 by default • http://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/ Three ways to accomplish validation • Enter URL address of external style sheet • Upload external CSS style sheet file • Paste style sheet content in text box 6
  7. 7. Validate All Links W3C Link Checker • Check for broken links and anchors • Checks single Web page or full Web site • You can specify recursion depth • http://validator.w3.org/checklink/ 7
  8. 8. Validate All Markup Web Design Group HTML Validator • Check for invalid HTML syntax • Checks single Web page or full Web site • http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/ 8
  9. 9. Validate All Other Items UITest.com Validator Listing • Lists twenty-seven (27) validation tools • Also lists Analysis, SEO, and Accessibility tools • http://uitest.com/en/analysis/ 9
  10. 10. Validation Guidelines Google Webmaster Tools http://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/ Use the W3C Quality Assurance Tools http://www.w3.org/QA/Tools/ Use UITest.com: Web Development Tools http://uitest.com/ 10
  11. 11. In Summary • There are a number of things to validate on sites • Start by determining your validation needs • Determine what you need to validate • CSS • HTML • XHTML • XML • Use the Google Webmaster Tools and the W3C Quality Assurance Tools 11
  12. 12. Caveat Emptor There are many ways to manage validation for web sites • Skilled developers can provide other solutions • Review your validation needs with your agency • Review proposed changes with all stakeholders • Implement new configurations on a test system first This presentation is intended to be academic • To enhance public knowledge of validation issues • To promote a better understanding of site validation Author cannot guarantee accuracy or fitness for your site • Author makes no representations or warranties • Author disclaims any liability if you act on this information 12
  13. 13. More Topics from TIC All Sitecore-related SlideShares from TIC http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/presentations How to Assure Success for a New Sitecore Site (full slide deck) http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/creating-new-sitecore-sites-full Implementing Routine Sitecore Maintenance http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/sitecore-maintenance-tips Performance Tips for Sitecore Mobile Users http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/sitecore-mobile-performance-tips Sitecore 7 – New Features for Users http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/sitecore-7-new-features Sitecore Performance Tips for Visitor Engagement http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/sitecore-performance-tips Troubleshooting Sitecore Performance http://www.slideshare.net/cwnelson/troubleshooting-sitecore-performance 13
  14. 14. The Inside Corner, Inc. • The Inside Corner, Inc. (TIC) is owned by Craig Nelson • TIC is a Sitecore partner & web consultancy • A U.S. point of contact for teams of Sitecore specialists • We create new Sitecore sites & enhance existing ones 14
  15. 15. Primary Developer - Craig Nelson • Sitecore Specialist certified for Sitecore 7 • 10 years of system administration experience • 10 years as a Microsoft Certified Trainer • 5 years of ASP.NET web development experience • 4 years of Sitecore development experience • 3 years as a Sitecore technical instructor • Sitecore architecture & configuration expert • Performance & SEO optimization specialist • Workflow configuration specialist 15
  16. 16. Get Help with your Sitecore Site Follow TIC on LinkedIn • http://www.linkedin.com/company/the-inside-corner-inc. Add TIC to your Circles on Google Plus • http://google.com/+Theinsidecorner Follow TIC on Twitter • https://twitter.com/TheInsideCorner Contact Craig Directly • Craig Nelson - Certified 7.0 Developer and Sitecore Partner • cwnelson[at]ticdevs.com • Mobile - 707.319.7446 Visit the TIC website • http://ticdevs.com 16
  17. 17. Bibliography • Markup Validation Service - Why Validate • Why is Validation Important • Why Validate Your HTML 17 Download slide presentation to view URLs
  18. 18. Thank you for taking the time to view this presentation on Validate Everything Please share with others and add a comment if you think it is useful Thanks April 14, 2009 18
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