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Total Validator is an (X)HTML validator, an accessibility validator, a spell checker, and a broken links checker all rolled into one tool allowing one-click validation of your website. Download this free tool and validate your web pages today:

Download Basic tool for Windows Windows [MD5 Checksum] [License]

Download Basic tool for OS X with Oracle Java 7+ OS X for Oracle Java 7+ [MD5 Checksum] [License] OS X installation notes

Download Basic tool for OS X with Apple Java 6 OS X for Apple Java 6 [MD5 Checksum] [License] OS X installation notes

Download Basic tool for Linux Linux [MD5 Checksum] [License]

Requirements: The tools are Java based and so require Java 6.0 or later to be installed.

For one-click validation within your browser add one of the following browser extensions:

Download Firefox extension Firefox/Seamonkey extension [License]

Download Chrome extension Google Chrome extension [License]

For many more great features, including validating one or more entire sites and CSS validation, choose the Pro tool instead.

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Introduction

Since its release in 2005 Total Validator has become extremely popular with Web developers around the world. Each year millions of pages are validated using our tools. Yet each year we only receive a few emails from users with problems, showing just how reliable and accurate Total Validator is.

The Basic tool has the following main features:

The Pro tool provides additional features such as:

  • Validate an entire website, or more than one site, in one go
  • CSS validation against the W3C CSS Standards
  • Work with websites requiring authentication
  • Validate pages behind one or more forms, such as login forms
  • Select exactly what parts of your site to validate and what to avoid
  • Select exactly what validations to perform, by site, by page and by item

Some of the top sites in the world and many government organisations are now validated using the Pro tool, so why not join them today?

Read more about Total Validator in the tools section. or click the links to the left if you just want to know why Total Validator is better.

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Latest News

10th June 2014 - Chrome extension v2.3 released:

  • Now available from the Chrome Web Store

10th May 2014 - Total Validator v8.4.2 and Chrome extension v2.2 released:

  • Updated Firefox extension icons in line with Firefox v29 UI changes
  • Bug Fix: Recent Chrome update prevented local files from being validated by Chrome extension
  • Bug Fix: E895 was being raised for form controls outside of forms
  • Bug Fix: The detection of missing quotes failed when attributes contained complex HTML
  • Bug Fix: URLs in results were not being URL-decoded
  • Bug Fix: Certain types of secure cookies were being ignored
  • Bug Fix: Pages that redirect to themselves to set cookies were not being allowed to complete

10th March 2014 - Total Validator Pro/Emb Tool v8.4.1 released:

  • Bug Fix: Broken links validator trying to follow links that it shouldn't
  • Bug Fix: Minor bug fixes to result pages

8th March 2014 - Total Validator Pro/Emb Tool v8.4.0 released:

  • Oracle Java version of OS X Pro tool now available
  • Progress dialog now shows the current page and a progress bar
  • You can now set your own defaults for properties
  • Added support for 'formaction' and 'formmethod' attributes when validating forms
  • Now checks that characters belong to the document's character set
  • Recognises, tests and follows more links than before
  • Improved File/Folder selection dialogs on OS X
  • To help command line users, a command line properties file is created whenever you use the Pro tool
  • Links provided to start the Pro tool in 'Listen' mode at system start up
  • HTML 5.1 updated to 4 February 2014
  • HTML5 updated to 4 February 2014
  • Polyglot updated to 4 February 2014
  • Added support for ARIA 1.1
  • ARIA 1.0 updated to 6 February 2014
  • Added support for CSS Display Module Level 3
  • CSS Writing Modes Level 3 updated to 26 November 2013
  • CSS Fragmentation Module Level 3 updated to 16 January 2014
  • CSS Grid Layout Module Level 1 updated to 23 January 2014
  • CSS Backgrounds and Borders Module Level 3 updated to 4 February 2014
  • CSS Shapes Module Level 1 updated to 11 February 2014
  • CSS Syntax Module Level 3 updated to 20 February 2014
  • Compositing and Blending Level 1 updated to 20 February 2014
  • Bug Fix: Invalid self closing tags were not being marked as an error
  • Bug Fix: False positive for E898 was being raised
  • Bug Fix: False positive for CSS3 cursor property was being raised
  • Bug Fix: CSS3 transition property was causing a Java exception
  • Bug Fix: False positive for some HTML5 elements with special properties

29th November 2013 - Total Validator Pro/Emb Tool, and Firefox extension v8.3.0 released:

  • Initial support for detailed ARIA attribute checks added from: WAI-ARIA 1.0, WAI-ARIA in HTML and WAI-ARIA 1.0 Authoring Practices 1.0
  • Added support for authentication using client-side certificates
  • Added option to turn off the spellcheck listener
  • Added support for tel: and fax: protocols in links
  • Now spellchecks the 'content' attribute with 'description' meta name
  • Downgraded <table> description test: E879 becomes P879
  • Downgraded meta name check to a warning: E679 becomes W619
  • HTML5 updated to 6 August 2013
  • HTML+RDFa 1.1 updated to 22 August 2013
  • XHTML+RDFa 1.1 updated to 22 August 2013
  • HTML5 Polyglot updated to 22 October 2013
  • CSS Exclusions Module Level 1 updated to 28 May 2013
  • CSS Shapes Module Level 1 updated to 20 June 2013
  • CSS Values and Units Module Level 3 updated to 30 July 2013
  • CSS Text Decoration Module Level 3 updated to 1 August 2013
  • CSS Ruby Module Level 1 updated to 19 September 2013
  • CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3 updated to 3 October 2013
  • CSS Style Attributes updated to 3 October 2013
  • CSS Fonts Module Level 3 updated to 3 October 2013
  • CSS Text Module Level 3 updated to 10 October 2013
  • CSS Masking Module Level 1 updated to 29 October 2013
  • CSS Transitions updated to 19 November 2013
  • Bug Fix: The 'Do you wish to save' prompt was not appearing on first time use
  • Bug Fix: Headless exception from the command line was not being trapped
  • Bug Fix: In CSS media queries spaces between the media feature and the colon were not being ignored
  • Bug Fix: With RDFa, the <meta> 'property' attribute was not being allowed
  • Bug Fix: With RDFa, use of the <meta> 'resource' attribute was not being tested properly
  • Bug Fix: The <meta> 'content' attribute was not being tested properly
  • Bug Fix: Bug Fix: The spell check corrections dictionary was being written to the wrong folder
  • Changed Firefox extension licensing to MPL 2.0

24th August 2013 - Total Validator v8.2.1 and Chrome extension v2.1 released:

  • Browser extensions now send 'referer' of starting page to Tool
  • Bug Fix: Firefox extension failing on Windows with large numbers of cookies
  • Bug Fix: Selecting XHTML+RDFa 1.1 on Firefox extension had no affect
  • Bug Fix: Firefox extension incorrectly performing full broken links checking when not selected
  • Bug Fix: Browser extensions sometimes checking links when validating page source

For changes back to 2010 see the change log. For changes back to 2005 contact us directly.

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