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Keep your site validated using RSS

Automatically notiifes you of errors

     
3:16 pm on Jul 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ben Hammersley [benhammersley.com] has developed "a widget to create a XHTML Validation Results RSS feed from any page". You can append your URL to his widget, then subscribe to it with your RSS reader. Set it up it refresh automatically at whatever interval you choose. If there's a validation error, you'll get an alert. If not, you get nothing.

The validation is redone everytime the feed is requested. If there are no errors, the feed will be empty. Silence is golden, in other worlds.

A link to the source code is also included on the above page.

3:50 pm on Jul 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That whole concept has some great possiblities beyond just validation.

Simple site monitor?

4:16 pm on Jul 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Nice find photon, and I must say, a wonder tool too.

Subscribed. :)

Sid

6:34 pm on Jul 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Best tool since the web developer extension for firefox :) Thanks for the find.
10:00 pm on Jul 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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It's an excellent idea.

Do you have to set up an individual feed for every page? That would take me a week or something.

1:18 am on Jul 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Very interesting idea. Have to play with this....
12:45 pm on Jul 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Do you have to set up an individual feed for every page? That would take me a week or something.

As is, yes. You can't just put in a site; you have to specify a file.

Since the source code's there though, you should be able to adjust it to your needs.

Dynamically generating the source perhaps?

8:05 pm on Jul 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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That whole concept has some great possiblities beyond just validation.

Simple site monitor?

You mean using RSS to monitor wether there is something new on a site? Well, I never thought of that, but it is so crazy... it might actually work!

*SCNR*

Seriously: If you want to "monitor" sites for changes that do not provide an RSS-Feed, a lot of Aggregators have a kind-of "scrape and monitor" functionality already included. But for "custom-requirements" funneling recurring, automatic "tests" through RSS is a nice idea. (Not really new, though.)

5:17 am on Jul 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Wow, this actually worked! Found a couple of errors on my site while updating, got 'em fixed.

Also, some nice scraping it does, doesn't only tell you if your site is validated or not, tells you the error also and sends a separate item for each one.

Sid

 

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