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Re: XHTML Validation using Apache Ant

From: Saqib Ali <saqib@seagate.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2004 11:09:36 -0800 (PST)
To: "Beton, Richard" <richard.beton@roke.co.uk>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.55.0402161101520.20639@sjgcs1.stsj.seagate.com>

Richard,

You can use the online validator, apache ant, xslt_proc or opensp to
validate the SGML documents. They all do a good job. However not all users
want to install apache ant/opensp/xslt_proc so they tend to use the online
validators.

I have opensp on my machine to validate HTML/DocBook XML documents. But I
have also installed a online validator inside our firewall, for other
webdesigners who dont want to go through the hassle of installing apache
ant on their systems.

Remember W3C's online HTML validator is just a web interface to opensp.

Saqib Ali
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http://validate.sf.net <---- (X)HTML / DocBook Validator and Transformer


On Mon, 16 Feb 2004, Beton, Richard wrote:

> Bjoern Hoehrmann wrote:
>
> >Use
> >
> >  * http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/xhtml11.zip or
> >  * http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/xhtml11.tgz
> >
> >Or reference
> >
> >  * http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml11/DTD/xhtml11-flat.dtd
> >
> >
>
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> Excellent, that's a great improvement.  I have attached my successful
> Ant validation scripts.  There are three files:
>
> * validate.xml is the Ant buildfile and provides the main guts.
>
> * xmlcatalog.xml is a catalog giving the local cache filenames of the
> DTDs (having this is most important in achieving reasonable validation
> times).  Only the W3C entries are of general interest; you can delete
> the first three entries, which are specific to my website.
>
> * validate-html.bat is my start script.  Validation can start at the
> document root ('htdocs') or any sub-tree within it.  Note that it
> depends on some Cygwin unix-like tools, grep and tail.
>
> I validated 1626 XHTML files in my website in just under three minutes
> on a 2.4GHz PC.
>
> Would anyone care to comment on whether it is preferable to use Ant or
> to download and use the offline W3C validator? And why?  The only issue
> I can think of is that the Ant approach doesn't work for legacy HTML,
> which I have now moved away from.  Can anyone suggest other pros and cons?
>
> Rick :-)
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