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Are you validating your website's HTML/XHTML and CSS? If not, you should be.

Having HTML/XHTML and CSS code that is compliant with standards is important for the following reasons:

  • It increases the likelihood that visitors using different browsers are still seeing your website as you intended it to be seen.
  • It increases the likelihood that visitors accessing your website using  devices other than a PC will be able to access it successfully. Don't forget that a significant number of people access the internet through portable devices, for instance!
  • It helps those with disabilities access your website. For a larger business in the United States, compliance with ADA standards may be an internal requirement.
  • It can assist with SEO.
  • I have personally found during the process of developing a website that validation usually results in cleaner code that is less bloated, which can help boost load times.
Given these benefits, and the fact that there are a number of online tools that you can use to validate your website's HTML/XHTML and CSS, there is no reason not to validate!

Here are some easy-to-use online tools for doing just that:

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Published 23 July, 2008 by Patrick Oak

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liza

Hi! Great list but do you know of any service (paid) that will automatically validates all pages within your site and send you alerts once it encounter errors or something needs to be fixed? I would like to eliminate my time on checking individual pages.

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