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HTMLHelp Forums _ Feedback and Assistance _ Has the validator expired?

Posted by: Befuddled Aug 26 2020, 09:37 PM

Although WDG's Link Valet is working as it always has (i.e. well), its Validator seems to be kaput. Or, over the last couple of weeks, I've always managed to get it at a bad time.

I always liked the WDG's validator for its ability to chew through all the pages of a (small) website. Feeding one URN after another to W3C's validator is tedious in comparison. And as it happens I have no need for HTML 5, so was and am untroubled by WDG's inability to deal with that.

Does anyone know if WDG's validator might be resuscitated? (Uh ... please!)

Posted by: pandy Aug 26 2020, 10:22 PM

Agree. I've always liked it better the the w3c one it for its clearer and more structured output.

It isn't abandoned though. From what I've been told there are problems with bots and there may be some changes to prevent that kind of abuse, but it will be back.

Posted by: Befuddled Aug 27 2020, 07:23 AM

Good: I'm looking forward to it.

Posted by: pandy Aug 27 2020, 08:13 AM

So do I. I've blown the dust of the offline version (the Windows GUI program) and use that for now. It's a paid program, so maybe not on option for you in this situation. But I bought it back in dial-up days, when it was well worth its modest price. But the validator scripts are available for free. I've never installed them, so I don't know how hard it is to get them to work.

WaybackMachine seems to have archived them.
https://web.archive.org/web/20200307042002/https://www.htmlhelp.com/tools/validator/offline/index.html.en

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