Getting Started With OpenValidator

Photo at blog from webmaster - 30/09/2010 - 11:15

I got complaints. In my blog on website conformance checks I advocated the use of OpenValidator. Users find OpenValidator not so easy to use.

Actually I did write a Getting started guide for OpenValidator. So that is a good place to start with OpenValidator.

Let me give here some highlights. My prerequisite here is that you have downloaded, installed, and fired up OpenValidator.

Take these actions:

  1. Click Next
  2. Type in the URL of the website you wish to check (without http://), and click Finish
  3. Click on the URL below site-wide report

Now you can start inspecting errors, warnings and information remarks. There are 3 categories:

  1. Design practices
  2. Server, HTTP and site considerations
  3. Body information

Under design practices you will find remarks on accessibility and duplicate links. Server, HTTP and site considerations mention browser tolerance and website specific information. Body information addresses date signed pages, international aspects, and graphical considerations.

My advice is to start with correcting issues with

  1. Browser tolerance
  2. Graphical considerations
  3. Duplicate links

If those issues are solved, you can start fixing the remaining problems.

How does your website conformance best practices approach look like? What do you repair first? Hans Lodder can help you with implementing your processes, tools, and train your people!


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