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11.4a Using the "Results" pane and Validator in DW MX

In the "Results" pane at the bottom of the Dreamweaver MX Window, (if you are using the Dreamweaver MX desktop), are tabs for "Search", "Validation", "Target Browser Check", "Link Checker", "Site Reports", "FTP Log" and "Server Debug".

The "Search" tab does the same thing that [CTRL + F] does. You can find and/or replace across one file, or many files in a site.

The "Validation" tab has a drop down at the green arrow, and you can choose to "Validate Current Document", "Validate Current Document as XML", "Validate Entire Site", "Validate Selected Files in Site" (this will validate the files selected in the "Site" pane), or settings. This will validate the documents according to the settings you set in "Preferences". If done properly, this will be very accurate for validation purposes, of course you should still check the pages at the W3C Validator.

The "Target Browser Check" will check the document and let you know what isn't recognized in your code for different browsers, a very handy tool. Please realize you can have perfectly valid pages that will also be valid code that will show unsupported code in browsers, as long as they display acceptably, this is ok, this is just an informational and warning tool to help you be aware of potential problems.

The "Link Checker" will check all the links in your page, or site to make sure they are valid, excellent tool. One thing it does not recognize is the "id" on a target link, though it does recognize "name". Once again, to have valid XHTML 1.1 code, we need to use "id" for the target.

The "Site Reports" will make a report on the individual page, selected pages, or the entire site in accordance with the settings you choose in the pop up window. A very handy tool when you need to be accountable for your code and site to someone else.

The "FTP Log" will show you the FTP information from this user session.

The "Server Debug" will help you track down problems in Dynamic Data at the testing server. More on this will be in the Dynamic Site Creation Tutorial.

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