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For several years, we have suggested to search engines and search engine service providers that they should consider HTML validation of pages that are submitted. One such service introduced today, takes on that challenge.
PositionTech [positiontech.com] (an Inktomi Submission Partner [positiontech.com]) has introduced a new utility to validate submitted pages. Jim Stob of Position Tech said that, "we won't require validation of course, but it is one thing users can check their submitted pages with". The validator is available to Positiontech customers.
This addresses one of the most common causes of search engine disasters - HTML errors. What we see in a browser is not necessarily what is seen by search engines when they index a page. How search engines adapt and handle common HTML errors that browsers can work around, is completely unknown.
The service introduced by PostionTech is an online beta version of the acclaimed CSE by HTMLValidator.com [htmlvalidator.com].
Validation has recently been brought to the forefront of development discussions due to the rumored switch of AOL from Internet Explorer to Netscape 6. By validating pages, developers can be assured that their pages are not only valid for search engine indexing, but also for various browsers too.
PositionTechs move is a step in the right direction for the entire internet. We certainly hope other search services or search engines themselves will follow PositionTechs lead.
Regardless, it is, IMHO, a huge step in the right direction. I'm curious to see what it actually validates to though in terms of HTML version, document type, etc.
Should be fun to take a look around though, and find those many pages that *seemed* to be well constructed!
Knowing how the application works offline though, there are a number of options that I would like to see (if they make it) online as well through PositionTech. (Options that come to mind would include the new syntax features of v. 5.03, spell checking, and the ability to batch process a number of documents.)
Again, it is irregardless. This is a step in the right direction, and one that I love hearing more about.
My pages do not require a cookie or redirect. I still got the CF errors though. Hope they fix it soon, I like this new feature. :)