W3C Adds Feed Validator

Online Feed Validation from W3C

In a list notice by Oliver Thereaux at the W3C, we found out about the new web tool for Feed validation. Well, let me amend that, it’s not an entirely new tool actually.

This ‘new’ online validator is based on the opensource FeedValidator software that you can find hosted both at the Sourceforge location, as well as it being the software for FeedValidator.org.

The Feed validator can validate RSS (0.90, 0.91, 0.92, 0.93, 0.94, 1.0, and 2.0) as well as Atom feeds. What is it validating these feeds against? Why the RSS 2.0 specs of course.

However, in addition to what the FeedValidator software already did, W3C had to (of course) make it a little better. They added in a SOAP web service, and are providing the online help to implement it in software (where it could be used for batch processing).

So… go online and try it out if you like. You can read the basic barebones FAQ they have on it, and the validator itself is here.