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File Menu

With Total Validator Basic there is a 'Save' option to save your current workspace. But with Total Validator Pro there are all the usual options for creating a new workspace (New), opening an existing workspace (Open), saving the current workspace (Save and Save As), and deleting the current workspace (Delete). There is also a list of the last 10 workspaces used to select from.

You can also create your own default settings that are used whenever you create a new workspace, or use the Reset buttons. Simply save your workspace with the name of 'defaults' and any settings this contains will then become the new defaults.

The File menu also contains the following options: 'Validate' starts a validation. 'Reset List' clears the Starting web page drop-down on the Main Tab, 'Reset All' resets most options to their defaults, and 'Exit' closes Total Validator.


Options - Edit meta names (Pro version only)

For HTML5 documents, the 'name' attribute in the <meta> element is restricted to values documented in the HTML5 specification with extensions in the WHATWG Wiki. Each Total Validator release contains the latest set of valid values at that time. So Total Validator will not recognise any changes to the wiki after the release date, and may mark some 'name' values as incorrect.

You could wait until the next release of Total Validator to automatically pick up any new names that you use, or you can use the 'Edit meta names' option to add them yourself now. But note that any changes you make will be automatically overwritten when you run a later release.


Options - Check for Updates

When you use this option Total Validator will try to contact the Total Validator website to see if there is a later version available.

If there is a more up to date version you will be prompted with a link that takes you to the appropriate update page.


Options - Auto-update Check

If you select this option Total Validator will check for updates automatically each time you start it.

Note that this is a completely silent check, so if Total Validator cannot contact the update site for any reason (such as a blocking proxy server) then no message will be displayed and Total Validator will start in the normal way. So it's a good idea to perform a manual test using the previous option first.


Options - Use System Proxy

By default this option is selected and will attempt to use any operating system proxy server settings: For example, the Windows 'Internet Options' control panel applet settings.

At this time auto-proxy configuration scripts are ignored, but with the Pro version you can supply the proxy server details on the Network tab instead.

Note that when you change this option you must restart Total Validator for it to have any effect.


Options - Splashscreen

This option determines whether a splash screen displaying details of the current version is displayed at startup.


Options - Ignore Page Pause

Select this option if you wish to stop the Page Pause warning message from appearing.


Options - Start Minimised

Use this option if you want Total Validator to start up minimised. This is useful when starting Total Validator when your computer starts up, so it will always be ready and waiting to be used by our browser extensions.


Options - Minimise to Tray (not available on macOS)

Select this option if you wish to shrink Total Validator to your System Tray when it is minimised. This will keep it out of the way and ready to accept validation requests from our browser extensions, and spell check corrections from the results.


Help Menu

There are five options on this menu:

  • The 'Help' option displays this help
  • The 'Updates' option (Pro version) displays information about updates and subscriptions to Total Validator Pro
  • The 'Upgrade' option (Basic version) displays information about purchasing Total Validator Pro licences
  • The 'What's new' option displays the online change log
  • The 'Licence' option displays the licence terms
  • The 'About' option displays the version and build details of Total Validator, various paths used, and allows you to turn on debugging when requested by Support.