Nikita the Spider: a bulk validation and link checking tool
As a site grows to a large number of pages with content created by several (or numerous) people, it often becomes more difficult and time consuming to make sure that every t is crossed and every i is dotted. Links break. Our often less-than-perfect content management systems let validation errors creep in. And so on.
So when I found out about Nikita the Spider, a new validation and link checking service, I thought I’d give it a try on this site. The results show that despite my efforts, this site contains a bunch of validation errors, most of them by the way of unescaped ampersands and non SGML characters in comments. Ouch. The report also pointed out many URLs on this site are (too) long.
Yeah I know, I should make shorter URLs. Yes, I need to adjust my Movable Type templates to make sure any ampersands in comments get escaped properly. And I know that I should be using UTF-8, not ISO-8859-1.
The point is that Nikita the Spider is a very useful tool worth giving a spin. Try it, and you are likely to find out things you did not know about your site. (via The Elementary Group Standards)
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