The W3C Redesigns Their HTML Validator

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) HTML validator its probably one of the most used tools for someone who works on the Web.

Well, the W3C just launched a redesign of the HTML validator.  While it looks a little cleaner, it’s not going to win any design awards.

Next time, they should take suggestions from the Web design community.  I’m sure a lot of people would want to help because we all use the tool so often.

The New W3C Validator Design
new-w3c-validator

The Old W3C Validator Design
old-w3c-validator

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3 thoughts on “The W3C Redesigns Their HTML Validator”

  1. Um. It’s a web validator. It doesn’t need to win design awards, it needs to be functional. Do you have functional issues with the new design? This post is much to vague. Do you have any actual suggestions to make, other than saying that suggestions should be taken?

  2. @Ted – spoken like a true coder. 😉 I don’t think there is anything functionally wrong with it. I think the validator provides a GREAT service. I use it all the time.

    BUT – Good aesthetics does make a product or site more usable and fun.

    I put up the dotMobi’s Mobile Ready Reports as an evaluation tool which is functional but I think is also well designed. It’s more fun to use.
    http://ready.mobi/launch.jsp?locale=en_EN

  3. Coder, guilty as charged. I care about aethetics too, but I don’t think a validator needs to be fun. It needs to be SIMPLE so that people can use it QUICKLY and EASILY.

    Hmmm, in a related note about the usability of the w3c validator, I get this after just one validation request (apparently you can’t load 2 pages within 30 second of each other?):

    “Service Temporarily Unavailable
    The bwshare module will refuse your requests for the next 9 seconds.
    You have made too many requests per second.”

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