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CSS validation service

Download and install the CSS Validator

This translation of the installation guide for the CSS validator may be out of date. For a reliable, up-to-date guide, refer to the English or French versions.

Download the CSS Validator

Download source code

The CSS Validator is available for download via CVS. Follow the instructions to access the W3C CVS public server and download 2002 / css-validator. Note that the online version of the CSS validator is usually older than the CVS version. Results and appearance may vary slightly ...

Download as Java package (.jar or .war)


installation Guide

The CSS validation service is a servlet application written in Java. It can be installed on any servlet engine or used as a simple command line tool. The official W3C CSS validation service runs on the Jigsaw server; this is the recommended configuration. For the sake of simplicity, in this manual we will mainly provide details about the installation as an online servlet with the Apache servlet engine Tomcat.

A few instructions for installation as a servlet with Jigsaw and for operation from the command line can be found below.


The installation guide assumes that you have downloaded, installed, and tested the following tools:

  • A working Java environment
  • The construction tool Ant
  • A Java web servlet container such as Jigsaw, Tomcat or Jetty, if you plan to run the validator as an online service. The guide only covers Tomcat and Jigsaw in detail.

For the installation on your system you need the following Java libraries:

  • servlet.jar (which, if you have Tomcat installed in [TOMCAT_DIR], you should find it in [TOMCAT_DIR] / common / lib /, possibly under the name servlet-api.jar. If not, you can find the library at java.sun Download .com
  • jigsaw.jar
  • xercesImpl.jar and xml-apis.jar (both can be downloaded with xerces-j-bin).
  • tagsoup.jar

Installation of the CSS Validator with Tomcat

  1. Download the validator as explained above.
  2. Copy the entire source folder ("... / css-validator /") into the Tomcat webapps directory. Usually this is [TOMCAT_DIR] / webapps /. The sources of the validator are now in [TOMCAT_DIR] / webapps / css-validator, which will be called [VALIDATOR_DIR] from now on.
  3. Create a directory "WEB-INF" in "[VALIDATOR_DIR]" and create a directory "lib" in "[VALIDATOR_DIR] / WEB-INF":
  4. Copy all .jar files (from the requirements) into the directory "[VALIDATOR_DIR] / WEB-INF / lib"
  5. Compile the source code: start the command in the [VALIDATOR_DIR] directory. Make sure that all downloaded jar files are correctly set in the CLASSPATH. The following command should usually just work:
  6. Copy or move "[VALIDATOR_DIR] /css-validator.jar" to "[VALIDATOR_DIR] / WEB-INF / lib /".
  7. Copy or move the "web.xml" file from "[VALIDATOR_DIR] /" to "[VALIDATOR_DIR] / WEB-INF /".
  8. Finally restart the Tomcat server:

Installation on the Jigsaw server

  1. Download the source code as described above, get all the necessary jar files and translate the code with (see steps 1-5 under "Installation of the CSS validator with Tomcat".
  2. Then you have to configure the validator home directory (usually this is css-validator) so that it can act as a servlet container. To do this, you need to have Jisaw installed (see Jigsaw pages for a quick guide (really easy)) and then start Jigsaw Admin. change HTTPFrame to ServletDirectoryFrame.
  3. The next step is to create a resource called "validator" with "ServletWrapper" as the class and "ServletWrapperFrame" as the frame. The latter should add itself automagically. The servlet's class is org.w3c.css.servlet.CssValidator. If there is already a file named "validator", please rename it. It is important that this "alias" is always called "validator". "
  4. Finally, start Jigsaw and the validator. Check which HTML you want to use. Usually the url looks like this:
    http: // localhost: 8001 / css-validator / validator.html

Start from the command line

The CSS Validator can also be used as a command line program if Java is installed on your computer. Translate the css-validator.jar as described above and start it as follows: