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Moving forward with Composr

ocPortal has been relaunched as Composr CMS, which is now in beta. ocPortal 9 will be superseded by Composr 10.

Head over to compo.sr for our new site, and to our migration roadmap. Existing ocPortal member accounts have been mirrored.


New tool - universal validator

New tool - universal validator ocProducts has just launched a brand new and unique free tool: the universal web technology validator ("universal validator"). The universal validator can check whole websites for compliancy against all major web standards in one go. These standards include:
  • XHTML
  • XML
  • Javascript
  • CSS
  • WCAG (accessibility)

The validator is targetted at developers who aim to achieve the highest standards on their website. Unlike other validators, the universal validator has been developed pragmatically, and thus helps achieve cross-browser compatibility in addition to the usual, more raw "standards compliancy" approach. The validator is also able to "crawl" websites, so it is no longer necessary to input individual pages for validation; unified validation technology allows inline CSS and Javascript to be checked, where it would otherwise likely never have been validated (few web developers would think to check anything other than their main CSS file).

We are particularly proud of our Javascript validation: our validator is the first free tool available for checking common web Javascript against the ECMA, DOM and de-facto standards.

We hope that this new tool will help:
  • web developers to design to higher standards, taking cross-browser compatibility into account
  • web developers to make websites which are accessible for those with disabilities
  • educate web developers on correct use of technology
  • educate web developers on the range of available technology (for example, the recent "AJAX" phenomenon is based on technology which has been available for many years, which was simply unknown to most).
  • empower the general public, providing them with the means to benchmark websites to a high technical standard

Go to the universal validator [this was discontinued as an online tool in 2008, but the technology was built into ocPortal 4]

As previously stated, this tool is free. It does not need to be used in conjunction with ocPortal, and there are no obligations to us when using it.

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