Validating an entire site

Using the W3C validator to check a single document is easy. But what if you need to validate an entire site consisting of hundreds or thousands of pages? Read Validating an entire site at Standards-schmandards, where Pete explains how to install the W3C validator and use it to batch validate entire sites.

Excellent stuff, and it caught a couple of errors that had managed to sneak their way into a site I’m currently working on.

Posted on May 10, 2005 in (X)HTML, Quicklinks, Web Standards

Comments

  1. May 10, 2005 by Agustin

    You might also try http://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/

  2. Huh, just use the “Validate entire site” option of the WDG HTML validator…!?

    By the way, this option is preselected if you even use UITest.com’s Site Check; you just need to enter the URL and test your site.

  3. May 11, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Well, what if you are working on a site that is behind a firewall, or a site that is not yet released? Or if you want to be able to control the output of the validation results? Get the results in a CSV file? There are plenty of uses for a local validator.

  4. Yeah, that’s right, but IMHO these are special cases so normally a web-based validator would suffice. And the WDG validator works quite fine.

  5. But the WDG validator is limited to a max of 100 pages. Either via the ‘Validate entire site’ option, or via the batch mode.

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