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Re: An idea

From: Terje Bless <link@pobox.com>
Date: 28 Sep 2001 11:39:49 +0200
To: Alan Reed <ajreed@btinternet.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <1001669990.2285.10.camel@tux>
On Thu, 2001-09-27 at 15:26, Alan Reed wrote:
> I have just used the HTML validator to check all the pages (13) of 
> my new site, and alls well, eventually!!
> As small changes will be made from time to time, and I wish to 
> continue to ensure that all the pages remain valid, it would be nice 
> if there were a way to submit a set of pages for validation in one 
> lump.  Perhaps by submitting a text file of local filenames (to be 
> the equivalent of the upload mode) or a set of urls.  Then for 
> continued site monitoring the user would prepare this list just once 
> and have an easy method to monitor the whole site.
> Perhaps in this situation, the report produced would be brief either 
> showing 'valid' or xx errors for each page checked.  Then for those 
> pages that failed, an individual validation could be performed as 
> now to get the full report on its failings.

This is on the TODO list, but I'm afraid it will be some time before it
is implemented. It's a great idea, and one I would dearly like myself,
but the current architecture of the Validator does not support this mode
of operation and needs rather large (time-consuming) changes to work.

> Unless of course I've missed how this could be done with the 
> present system?????

You could use one of the "URL Minder" services to "Mind" the URL for the
Validation results, but that would of course give false positives
whenever we change the output format (which has been quite frequent
lately, but will hopefully slow down a bit soon as we complete the site
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