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W3C Validator offline

The Markup Validation Service (formerly: HTML Validator) of the WWW consortium W3C is the number one address for validating the correctness of one's HTML und co. You can install it locally on your pc, which is a very interesting option for those who use modems to access the internet or work on laptops or in local networks.

Though coming from the world of Linux, the validator can be implemented on a Windows system, as of version 0.8.0 this is relatively simple. Being of the altruistic kind blechtrottel brodaktschns do not intend to keep the results of our endeavours from our visitors and therefore offer a short howto.

These instructions work with Validator 0.8.0 and later, which differ substantially from earlier versions. The GUI has become simple, well-organized and very user-friendly. The most recent version is 1.1

Official versions 0.7.0 to 0.7.4 and 0.6.6 and 0.6.7 are covered in our archives.

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If you want to run the validator under Windows you need the following:

  1. a web server, in our case Apache2
  2. a Perl for Windows, we chose ActivePerl 5.8.9 from ActiveState. So far, the validator does not work with a newer version than 5.8.x.
  3. David Tibbe's Perl package ppm.zip.
  4. and of course: the W3C validator plus recent DTD libraries

All software listed above is available for free.

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