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Testing and Proofing Your Page

Don’t think that finishing a page means you’re done. You’ll need to check it in as many browsers as possible – and on as many platforms as possible, i.e., Windows, Macintosh, etc. What looks good in Internet Explorer (IE) – may not display the way you want in Mozilla. The following steps will help you test your pages.

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1. Validate your (X)HTML and CSS. To validate (X)HTML visit this link http://validator.w3.org/. You’ll also find a link for CSS Stylesheets on their home page as well as links to validate or locate:

  • ¬†RSS/Atom Feeds
  • MobileOK Content
  • Broken Links

2. Most HTML editors will allow you to view a page in a default browser as you work on it. However, if you are working on a web page in your computer that doesn’t have this feature, the following steps will also allow you to view a web page in a browser if you have need:

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  1. Open a browser
  2. Choose FILE > OPEN
  3. Use the BROWSE option to locate the page on your hard disk that you want to test and click OPEN
  4. The page will appear in the browser

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Once you have the page open, you can review it for the following:

  • Correct formatting. Does it look like you want it to look? Is everything aligned?
  • Correct URL links. Do the links work? Do the links take you to the correct page?
  • Are the CSS files referenced properly?
  • Do all of the images appear? ** Are they placed where you want them?
  • Have you included contact information should someone need to get in touch with you with comments, suggestions, questions, etc.?

Note: If you need to make any changes while using the optional method, this can be done without closing the page in the browser:

1.  Open the (X)HTML Рor CSS document in your computer and make any necessary changes.

2.  SAVE the changes.

3.  Go back to the browser and F5 (Refresh) the page to see the changes.

4.  Repeat the process until you are satisfied with the results.

5.  You may want to re-validate the page once you have completed the changes.

**¬†¬† Don’t forget to check for images on a computer other than one where the image files are located. If the images are stored in the same¬†computer you are using to ‘proof’ the page, they will appear since the path to the C Drive is accessible – but . . . ¬†they will not display if the page is uploaded without changing to the server file location. We’ve always found doing a quick search using – C: – once the page is complete will turn up any image files that do not have the correct location.

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