Validating Your Home Page

by Randall S. Davis

"The Internet is transitory, ever changing, reshaping and remolding itself."

 - Beginners' Central


Purpose of Lesson:
  • You should be able to validate or check your pages for problems dealing with HTML code, loading speed, spelling, Internet readiness, browser compatability, and graphic optimization.

What tools are available for checking my home pages?

Now that you have your page online, you should validate (or check) your code before you announce your page to the world. There are several online tools that can be used to check your HTML code, loading speed, spelling, Internet readiness, browser compatibility, and graphic optimization.

  • Web Page Garage: browser compatibility, readiness, load time, dead link, link popularity, spelling, and HTML design.
  • NetMechanic: link check, HTML check, browser compatibility, load time, and spell check.
Here is a description of each basic check. Be careful on intepreting the results. These validation tools don't catch everything, and one tool might give you different results than another:

  1. browser compatibility: checks how your page will appear on different browsers and on different versions. Don't assume everyone is using the same browser as you are.

  2. readiness: tests if your page has the proper code so it can be indexed easily by search engines. If so, people can find your page easier. Make this code by using the Meta Tag Creator.

  3. load time: determines how quickly your page loads for different connection speeds, which is usually determined in Kbps. Kbps stands for kilobits per second (kilo = thousand), and is the speed at which your modem sends and receives information. The test will also tell you if you need to optimize any of your graphics.

    You should try to keep your pages under 40K (40 kilobytes) and the loading speed for 28kbps should be under 14 seconds. Remember that data download speed is affected by several things:

    • modem connection speed
    • the load on the remote server where the page you are trying to view is located
    • the geographic distance from your computer and the remote server
    • the speed of the local computer-to-modem connection
    • the load on the local server
    • the quality of the communications software you are using.

  4. dead link: tests to see if you have links that are not working
  5. link popularity: tests to see how many sites have linked to yours
  6. spelling: checks your spelling. BE CAREFUL: it will not test how you used the words on your page. For example, if you write "there is a be on the window," the spelling checker will tell you the words are spelled correctly, but it won't tell you that you should use the word bee instead.
  7. HTML design: tests if you have any problems with your code.

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