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    Senior Member BallardStudio's Avatar
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    I went though some painstaking work with going though code to find all of my errors. It took me quite some time to finally get validation of my sites. But was all of this time really necessary? Insight please.
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    In my opinion, validation is not just a good idea, it's necessary, and for a number of reasons.
    • Valid code is more likely to be cross-browser compatible and if there is a display problem I can often find it by validating my code to debug it. This helps to ensure that the site is reaching the widest audience possible.
    • Valid code is important for accessibility - and accessibility is important - indeed in many places it is the law.
    • Valid code will enable the search engine spiders to read the code properly. They don't read the code the same way a browser does, and if the code is not correct, could miss important information that might help the site be found.
    • Valid code makes maintenance easier - by separating content, styling and interactivity, it makes it much easier to find the place in the code where changes or updates need to be made.
    • Valid code also helps to ensure that a site will be more likely to be "future-proof", in that the major browsers will be more likely to be able to read it even after updates.
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    Thanks for the reply. Now I don't feel like I wasted my time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BallardStudio, post: 215702
    Thanks for the reply. Now I don't feel like I wasted my time.
    In explaining it to my students, I often compare it to building a house - you can throw a house together without a blueprint, but if you build with a a good set of plans, the house will be sturdier and last longer, with fewer maintenance headaches, and you won't get in trouble doing repairs or maintenance down the road because you'll know how the underlying structure is constructed.
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    Great analogy.
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    There are some things that won't validate no matter what you do (e.g. the onfocus attribute in Javascript, which really should.) But you really should get your pages to not only validate as much as you can, but be as clean as possible so that you don't have to untangle messes of invalid, bloated code to find where/how something works.
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    I've done my best with that. All of my sites are validated, but it took me hours to find the problems in some cases. Just because of my lack of development skills.
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    That's how you acquire those skills, though. The frustration and hours of finding a solution that you ultimately come up with yourself from bits and pieces of several other solutions is part of the process.
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