HTML Validation

by Todd Hooge

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This article from The Mender (Issue 3),
Metamend's Web Site Optimization and Marketing Newsletter.

Well, you've just put the finishing touches on your website, you have checked and double-checked and checked some more. You are now ready to upload those pages. But.... Have you considered running your code through an HTML validator first? That's right - a validator. What is a validator? Simply put, an HTML validator will run through your code, returning a list of errors on your pages - if you have them. Some of them are embedded into a piece of software, like Allaire's Cold Fusion Studio, which I highly recommend as your primary HTML editor - but that's another article.

Why are these tools so handy? Because they not only tell you what the obvious errors are, but will also alert you to 'potential' problems your pages may encounter when viewed by different and/or older browsers. On it's own this can be a very daunting and time consuming task. To alleviate this unnecessary yet redundant stress, please consider the following link. It will tell you everything you need to know (and maybe didn't want to know) about your HTML code.

Other articles from this issue:
- Administrator's Corner
- Location Location
- Server Side Includes (SSI)

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