Webmasters of today don’t stick to one coding language. There’s HTML and all its cousins, and then there’s CSS. If you’re a budding webmaster or developer, your arsenal needs to have tools and programs that help you code better using these languages.
In addition to reviewing the (X) HTML-code, you also want to ensure that the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in a site in order. Fortunately, just like HTML validators, CSS code-checkers are around and most of them are for free.
Let’s have a look at some of these tools:
CSS Validator From W3C
W3C holds a very useful HTML code-checker, and their CSS Validator is just as good. In using CSS Validator, you can specify to check your code according to which CSS standard. The CSS Validator can be used for stationary testing on the computer, which requires you to download the tool and have it installed. Afterwards, you can use this tool as a servlet tool or as a command-line tool, provided that the necessary system requirements are met.
Qualidator offers a sort of all-round check for websites. This online tool checks the first five pages of a website for free, and usually that’s enough to get a good first impression. Checks go beyond looking at the CSS code’s validity. It also checks the code’s usability, accessibility, SEO capability as well as the technical quality of the page.
For the full CSS code evaluation however, you must be a registered member. As a registered user, you receive an overall conclusion and you can then access detailed information on the various individual aspects of your code.
Creating Barrier-Free Websites
Accessible web design through CSS means designing web pages so that anyone can use it including people with disabilities.
Increasingly, even the legislative department is starting to provide support for government sites in an effort to make them accessible for disabled people. Again, you may want to look into the other tools W3C placed on their website. You’re bound to find a lot of helpful resources and tools – with which you can check online whether a website is accessible.