Author: Justin Bezanson

Have you been told that using those fancy JavaScript navigation menus is bad for your search rankings or that you will lose some visitors that have JavaScript turned off? This is a decision that all web developers face at one time or another. Do you use the cool looking menu which may help clean up large menus or do you cater to the largest audience possible? That can be a tough choice sometimes. Well, now there is no need to choose. In this article I will show you how to create a drop down navigation menu that is XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS valid, opens external links in a new window, and is JavaScript free.

Keeping Backwards Compatibility In Mind

To keep things in perspective, in order to be 100% XHTML 1.0 Strict and support older, non-compliant browsers, a small amount of JavaScript is required. If you do not wish to support IE6 or older and don’t mind switching to a XHTML 1.0 Transitional doctype then this can be accomplished with 100% pure CSS and no JavaScript…


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imageXHTML sitemap validation tool allows you to XHTML validate your entire sitemap in one click, unlike the W3C markup validation service that let you validate one page at a time. This tool is also needed because XHTML validation is very important in the manner of SEO.
 
After releasing it a few days ago, Rob White from http://www.jacquelinewhite.co.uk/ wrote us that he had problems validating his site. Checking that issue, we found out that the default namespace on Robs sitemap is different than what we expected. During this bug fix, some other issues came up and we decided to release version 1.1 of our tool. The update includes:

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XHTML Validation Tool During the past couple of weeks we noticed that whenever we tweak our theme or change something in one of our posts, it causes some pages to become XHTML invalid. We came to think that you never know where it is going to hit you, so we sat down and created a small application which helps you keep all your pages XHTML valid. We checked it on our sitemap, and seems we have some HTML work to do :).

This application is written in WPF and is based on the .Net Framework 3.5.

It will allow you to validate you entire sitemap in one click. The validation is done through the W3C validation SOAP service, so you can trust it :).


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