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Technorati Top 20 Validation Woes – Who Has The Most Errors?

How important is XHTML validation? Only one of the top 20 blogs on the Internet validated without errors, with another topping out with a total of 630 validation errors. So is validation important. I think most of these A-list blogger’s would have you believe it isn’t. Check out the list:

Technorati Top 20

Rank Blog XHTML Validation
1 WordPress Development Blog Passed validation
2 Arstechnica Failed validation, 22 Errors
3 Lifehacker Failed validation, 42 Errors
4 Gizmodo Failed validation, 84 Errors
5 Perez Hilton Failed validation, 99 Errors
6 Seth Godin Failed validation, 113 Errors
7 Tree Hugger Failed validation, 139 Errors
8 Engadget Failed validation, 166 Errors
9 Readwriteweb Failed validation, 178 Errors
10 Mashable Failed validation, 178 Errors
11 icanhascheezburger Failed validation, 228 Errors
12 Problogger Failed validation, 284 Errors
13 TechCrunch Failed validation, 288 Errors
14 TMZ Failed validation, 298 Errors
15 Post Secret Failed validation, 310 Errors
16 Huffingtonpost Failed validation, 328 Errors
17 Official Google Blog Failed validation, 329 Errors
18 Daily Kos Failed validation, 397 Errors
19 Boingboing Failed validation, 437 Errors
20 Blog di Beppe Grillo Failed validation, 630 Errors

The main reason validation is important is that Non-valid pages are relying on error-correction by a browser to display the page correctly, this will vary depending on the browser. I guess I share the sediments of most people on this topic, if the Official Google blog doesn’t validate, why should I care if mine doesn’t. There are many things  that can cause errors, such as scripts, plug-ins and widgets. I feel as a blogger you need to weigh the value that these bring versus the value you loss by not having a valid XHTML page. Other validations issues such as not setting alt text for images are less forgivable and should be followed. What do you think?