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  • 1. Validate Everything An Overview of Online Web Validation Tools April 14, 2009 1
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Bibliography • Markup Validation Service - Why Validate • Why is Validation Important • Why Validate Your HTML 17 Download slide presentation to view URLs
  • 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