Folly of Code validation

Adding Valid WC3 XHTML and CSS
W3C XHTML/CSS3 Valid - The website is fully compliant with the XHTML 1.0 Transitional standard

Recently one of our client raised the issue of ‘WC3 Validation’. He was referring to the badge (above pic) which several websites used to sport.

Joomla helped this trend. All websites created by Joomla used to sport this badge.


I’m personally against this practice and here are the reasons why:

1) For the end user who visits your website for reading an article on “how to play ‘Hey Jude’ on guitar” doesn’t know what CSS is and really isn’t bothered about knowing more about it.

2) A website is supposed to have valid code. There is no need to brag about a basic and necessary thing. Imagine an iPhone with a sticker, which says “This phone can be used to make calls”. Ridiculous.


I remember reading this comment by a web dev few years ago, he said having that badge on you site is akin to wearing an underwear. It is good if you are wearing one but you don’t have to say it out loud.

On a final note, even Google’s Home Page Has 23 Validation Errors. Visit this link to check these errors.


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