William F. Hammond (
Sat, 24 Aug 1996 11:14:37 -0400 (EDT)

From: "William F. Hammond" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Aug 1996 11:14:37 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <>
Subject: Validation

Once upon a time MegaZone <> shaped many
electrons, of which a few amounted to:

: But the real point is the word 'validate' - I don't trust myself, I validate
: my work.  I run all of my pages through HTML-Check and Weblint.  Validators
: are, IMHO, a vital part of the authoring process.  They are like spell 
: checkers for word processing, using 'perl -cw' on a new Perl script, or
: compiling C with -Wall (or -Wall -pendantic) to check the fine points.

My copy of "html-check" (and my newer copy of "html-ncheck") is a
little script that uses the general purpose SGML parsing tool "sgmls"
of James Clark (and the newer "nsgmls") in diagnostic mode to operate
on (1) the HTML file under consideration and (2) two "standard" files
(available from W3C and elsewhere) that are required to "define" HTML.

Are there things called "html-check" or "html-ncheck" that are not
based on James Clark's "sgmls" or "nsgmls"?

                                   -- Bill