Posted on January 03, 2006
A new year: time to weed out those accumulated accessibility/validation problems!
Run your website through the following online tests, and spend fun-filled hours correcting your markup for the simple pleasure giving them nothing to nag about.
A free tool which rates how well designed, popular and accessible your website is. You get a score from 0-10. I got 8.0 - the apple search box markup doesn't validate. (Thanks to Mattiz für the Link)
Single page analysis is free. Covers a range of topics including link-checking, html validity, spelling, browser support.
Checks accessibility, validity and links.
HiSoftware Site Tester
Checks accessibility, alt texts, privacy issues, SEO (meta tags)
The Granddaddy of validators. Get yourself a free gif to pin onto your website.
W3C CSS Validator
The CSS version...
WDG Website Validator
Can validate your entire site, as opposed to one page at a time. Essential.
Identifies errors related to Section 508 standards and/or the WCAG guidelines. One page at a time.
An online lynx text browser emulator.
- Also read: W3C Checklist of Checkpoints for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0
Website speed report including number of objects, est. download times and recommendations.
Gomez Performance Test
Nice graphical depiction of download times for objects on a page. (The Technorati .js include is sloooowwww!)
Dead link checkers
A multi-page dead-link checker. Takes a while.
Search Engine Optimisation
How search engines view your site.