Generally speaking, "validation is the process of checking if something satisfies a certain criterion. Examples would be: checking if a statement is true (validity), if an appliance works as intended, if a computer system is secure, or if computer data are compliant with an open standard" (www.wikipedia.org)
We all expect certain standards when purchasing in the UK, we expect some form of quality of goods whether it be food, water, fuel, building and plumbing materials, electrical goods, tyres, etc...
In the production of a website, designers are not forced to produce sites that conform to any particular standard. In normal situations the client is views their website on their own PC (normally using Microsoft Internet Explorer, latest PC browser usage statistics ). Owners of the newly created web site are happy and generally excited that they now have their own web site and new presence on the internet.
What is, in the main, not considered is that the intended page layout may not view exactly the same on all browsers other than the one which the client viewed their site on (even a Mac browser can view pages differently form a PC browsers), sometimes there can be an extremely different viewing experience for visitors to their site sometimes even giving the impression of a broken page or misaligned page.
The the W3C set standards for web pages and sites, or rather what is known as the markup language/code that makes up a page or site. There, also various levels of standards. Having your site validate to XHTML/HTML standard gives your site a better chance of viewing correctly, having your site validate to the highest standard obviously improves on viewing across browser platforms. This being the case, what must be desirable for a customer is viewing consistency over internet browsers.
The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is an international consortium where Member organisations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. The World Wide Web was invented in 1989 by Tim Bernerds-Lee who is the director of the W3C. (www.w3c.org)
All of the sites designed by B E Designs are produced validating to W3C standards.
On the right hand of each page of the B E Designs web site you will find three W3C icons. By clicking the XHTML or CSS icons you will be shown the results of the validation of the page which you are currently viewing. The WAI icon will give you more information on the requirements for Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and the various levels available, you will also be able to view priority checkpoints required to be able to display this icon on your site.
Why not test your current site for validation, simply enter each page that you want to validate and see what the results are, you may be surprised...
Depending on the method used in the updating of your site it may be possible that the markup language within the site fails validation. A nominal fee may be charged to maintain the validation periodically as requested by yourself, as and when required.
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