[ANN] Markup Validator 0.8.0 released

-= W3C Markup Validator v0.8.0 Released =-

A new version of the W3C Markup Validation Service (a.k.a HTML  
validator) was released today.

Free service online: http://validator.w3.org/

Or as free download: http://validator.w3.org/source/
install: http://validator.w3.org/docs/install.html
upgrade notes: http://www.w3.org/QA/2007/04/ 

* Changes *

Version 0.8.0 is a major milestone in the development of the  
validator, including changes in its architecture, UI, new features  
and fewer bugs, for a better, more accurate and helpful quality  
process. Changes include:

* New architecture, faster and more reliable, scaling better to the  
growing usage of the validator
* Improved interface for better usability, accessibility
* New feature: automatic cleanup of markup (with Tidy)
* New feature: additional XML-Well-Formedness check, for more  
reliable validation of XML-based languages
* New feature: checking that the documents are sent with proper  
Internet Media Type (MIME type)
* New feature: for XML documents, checking that the xmlns is present,  
and properly set.
* New feature: grouped messages, an alternate view to the sequential  
display of errors
* New feature: Direct Input form can be pre-filled with basic  
document structure. In other words, it is now possible to check  
"chunks" of HTML, for inclusion in templates or CMS code.
* New feature: For non-xhtml XML documents without document type, the  
validator will not try to perform validation and will only check well- 
* Added support for SMIL 2.1, XHTML Basic 1.1, XHTML + RDFa

* What next? *

After this release, we expect to have a few minor updates to the  
0.8.0, and work will start on the next generation(s).
For a high-level view of what the roadmap of future versions is  
expected to be:

Anyone interested in participating in that development should of  
course feel free to contact us, see the "Get Involved" section

Stay tuned to this mailing-list and to the W3C QA Weblog (http:// 
www.w3.org/QA/) for upcoming news, and feel free to forward this  
announcement to relevant forums, or link to:

** Send Feedback - Get Involved **

The markup Validator is one of the many open source software projects  
created and maintained at W3C: your participation in sending feedback  
and ideas, patches and bug reports helps build better tools.

See http://www.w3.org/Status for a list of other W3C software, and  
http://www.w3.org/Status#contribute to learn how to get involved.

The mailing-list www-validator is the primary discussion channel for  
users and contributors of the Markup Validator (and Link Checker).  
Please make sure to search the archives before sending in a new idea  
or request, as a courtesy to the many readers of the list.

Bug reports and patches can be sent to the public W3C Bugzilla  
database. Usual bug reporting guidelines apply - make sure your bug  
is a bug, make sure it is not yet known, and give precise and  
complete information to reproduce.

For an overview of feedback mechanisms for the validator, see:

* Thanks! *

Many thanks to everyone who constantly helps make these tools better:  
developers, authors of documentation, users who sent bug reports, and  
a great community of users here on www-validator. This release of the  
validator was made possible by the contribution of a lot of people.

Special thanks should go to:
* Björn Höhrmann for a lot of code and libraries used in this version
* Valerio Proietti for his help on the user interface
* Sierk Bornemann, Ville Skyttä, Shane McCarron for important patches
…and many more, for ideas, suggestions, bug reports. For an  
incomplete list:
Thanks to all.

Thank you,
olivier Thereaux - W3C - http://www.w3.org/People/olivier/
W3C Open Source Software: http://www.w3.org/Status

Received on Wednesday, 25 July 2007 06:15:26 UTC