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#51 What Mozilla Needs

by hubick <>

Friday August 3rd, 2001 12:33 AM

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What the world needs is a better validator.

I think half the reason people use things like document.all is because they don't know they are being non-standard. Right now, I just suggest everyone validate their HTML online, which helps a great deal in some departments. Recently, there are validators which are starting to do CSS as well. I think it would be a very good idea if there was on validator which could check the HTML, CSS, and DOM and ECMA script code as well. A good project would be to create a standalone build of SpiderMonkey suitable for use in such a validator.

What the advocacy community needs is a good tool which can be /downloaded/ for /free/ to validate the HTML, CSS, and script on all pages for a site. And something that is ASP, PHP, JSP aware etc as well. That way we could just tell everyone "if this thing doesn't validate your pages, don't put them on the net". It would also need to suggest correct alternatives for common mistakes such as document.all.

This needs to be something easy to use. Something accessible to the Frontpage jockeys, but also good for the advanced users.

It's a very non-trivial project.