Compare CSE HTML Validator Editions

Version 15.04 Version 15.04 is now available!

The following table quickly compares the major differences between the four editions of CSE HTML Validator.

Edition Comparison Table
Item/Feature  Lite  Standard  Professional  Enterprise
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Editor split view/Full screen mode Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
HTML, XHTML, CSS editing Yes Yes Yes Yes
Integrates with other software Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spell checking (Editor/Validator) Yes / No Yes / Yes Yes / Yes Yes / Yes
Open documents from the web HTTP only (no HTTPS) Yes Yes Yes
HTML checking Limited Yes Yes Yes
CSS checking Limited Yes Yes Yes
Link checking   Yes Yes Yes
Search engine messages/tips (SEO)   Yes Yes Yes
JavaScript linting/checking   Yes Yes Yes
PHP syntax checking (requires PHP)   Yes Yes Yes
Accessibility checking   Yes Yes Yes
Section 508 accessibility checking   Yes Yes Yes
Disable messages you don't want   Yes Yes Yes
Pretty print & fix   Yes Yes Yes
Email address format checking   Yes Yes Yes
Integrated web browser   Yes Yes Yes
Lots of helpful advice   Yes Yes Yes
More frequent updates   Yes Yes Yes
Batch Wizard     Yes Yes
Add your own tags and messages     Yes Yes
XML message output     Yes Yes
FREE major upgrades NA 60 days 180 days 1 year
Priority support & maint (PS&M)   Available Available Included
64-bit version available (ask)       Yes
Batch Wizard enhancements       Yes

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What Edition is Right for Me?

The below chart will help you decide which edition is best for your specific needs.

Recommended Usage Table - A General Guide
Use  Lite  Standard  Professional  Enterprise
Simple Checking Only Yes      
Personal/Hobby Only Yes Yes Yes  
Learning & Education   Yes Yes  
Non-profit Organization   Yes Yes  
Small Business No Yes Yes  
Medium Business No Yes Yes Yes
Government No Yes Yes Yes
Large Business No   Yes Yes
Generate Reports for Small & Medium Sites No   Yes Yes
Generate Reports for Large Sites No     Yes
Best program support (PS&M) No     Yes

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Major Edition Differences

The below chart highlights some of the major differences among editions. Minor differences are not mentioned.

Differences Among Editions
Item/Feature  Lite  Standard  Professional  Enterprise
Price (single license) FREE

Download

US $69

Try Buy

US $129

Try Buy

US $349

Try Buy

HTML checking Limited Yes Yes Yes
CSS checking Limited Yes Yes Yes
Link checking No Yes Yes Yes
Batch Wizard1 No No Yes Yes
Configuration Editor2 No No Yes Yes
Customization with user functions3 No No Yes Yes
XML Output4 No No Yes Yes
FREE major upgrades5 Not Applicable 60 days 180 days 1 year
Priority support & maint (PS&M) Not Available Optional Optional Included
Batch Wizard Enhancements6 No No No Yes

1The Batch Wizard lets you easily check multiple files and/or URLs. It will generate a neatly formatted HTML report with the results (view sample report). It can also check URLs and follow the links in the URLs to check an entire small to medium sized web site or part of a large one. The Batch Wizard is not included in the standard edition.

2The Configuration Editor lets you customize the validator messages, letting you change the text of many messages. You can also change the message type (for example, you can change a warning message to an error message). The Configuration Editor also lets you add your own validation messages, as well as new tags and attributes. The Configuration Editor is not included in the standard edition.

3The professional and enterprise editions allow you to specify a text file that contains special 'user functions' that are used during validations to customize the validation. These functions can be used to alter validation behavior and validation messages, perform additional checks, produce specialized output, and much more. Visit the TNPL section in the documentation for more information.

4The professional and enterprise editions can output validation messages in XML format. The lite and standard editions cannot.

5A major upgrade is a change in version number of .1 or more, like from v14.0x to v15.0x. A minor update is a change in version number of less than .1, like from v15.00 to v15.01. All minor updates are free for both editions. Major upgrades (after the free upgrade period) are $29 for the standard edition and $49 for the professional edition. Upgrade pricing may be more if two or more major versions behind. Upgrade pricing is subject to change at any time.

6The Batch Wizard in the enterprise edition includes limit extensions and XML output. The limit extensions increase the number of targets that can be checked at one time. This is useful for large sites with thousands or even tens of thousands of pages. Note that there is no set limit to the number of pages that the Batch Wizard can check at one time as it depends on factors like computer resources (memory), the validation options settings, and the site itself. However, using the limit extension feature in the enterprise edition should significantly increase (vs the professional edition) the maximum number of targets that can be checked at one time. The XML output option allows XML formatted reports in addition to HTML.

Upgrades are available to upgrade your edition by paying the difference in price.

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