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Page Check

Page check reviews your page for spelling, link, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) validation and accessibility errors, the same as final check. Page check reviews the rendered version of your page: i.e., what the page looks like on the live website, including reusable content.

This video was recorded in OU Campus v10. While the interface may have a slightly different look, the platform functionalities did not drastically change in the OU Campus 11 release.

  1. Navigate to Content > Pages, click the More Actions menu More Actions menu, click Review > Page Check.
    • When viewing a checked-out page, click the More Actions menu More Actions menu in the page actions toolbar.
  2. From the "Page Check" box select the following:
    • File Type: Select an item from the dropdown. 
      • Some pages create more than one item when published, i.e., both a web page (HTML) and a PDF file. 
    • Run All: Click to run all available checks (Spelling, Links, W3C Valid, and Accessibility).
    • Spell Check Language: Select a language for the spell check.
    • Spelling: Click to check the spelling of the page.
    • Links: Click to check for broken links on the page.
    • W3C Valid: Click to check for valid HTML and XHTML code on the page.
    • Accessibility: Click to check that the page conforms to accessibility standards.
  3. When the check is complete, click "Show Results" to see a detailed breakdown of the problems.
  4. Click Done.

Administrators can configure page check options (including accessibility guidelines) in account settings. They can also set page check at the site and user level.

SpellingLink to this section

The "Spell Check Results" box lists misspelled words on the page and how many times they occur. Right-click on the word, click "+Add to Dictionary," and spell check no longer counts it as misspelled. Depending on restrictions set by your Administrator, you may not have the ability to add words to the dictionary. 

Spell check scans words in the editable page content, the source code, and image descriptions. Words may display correctly but be marked as misspelled due to tags in the code. For example, writing folde<span>r</span> will appear as "folder" in the page text, but spell check will register "folde" as a misspelled word.

The "Link Check Results" box shows every link on the page, whether it works or not. It lists the URL, the status of the link on both the staging and production servers, and a status code (if applicable).

IconColumnMeaning
A green encircled checkmark iconStaging, ProductionThe link is valid. (Link is Valid (202), all other 200 statuses)
A yellow warning triangle icon.

StagingThe link is broken on the page in staging.
ProductionThe link is broken and points to a file that has been moved or some other miscellaneous issue. (Moved Permanently (301), Found (302), all other 300 statuses)
A red circle with a line through it icon.ProductionThe link is broken and points to a nonexistent destination. (Not found (404), all other 400 or 500 statuses)
A blue encircled "i" iconProductionLink check is unable to verify if it's a valid link or not; often occurs with mailto links. (Cannot check link, all 100 statuses)

W3C ValidLink to this section

Most web pages are written using markup languages such as HTML and XHTML. The W3C develops standards for the use of these languages, so the W3C check in OU Campus makes sure that your page obeys these standards.

As you edit content, the What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) editor translates your changes into valid code. However, it may miss some items. A W3C error doesn't always prevent a page from displaying on your website, but can cause inconsistencies in how the page looks in different web browsers.

The "W3C Valid Check Results" box shows both a summary of the check and each individual error. Each error is listed with the following information:

  • Results: Summarizes the W3C validation test.
  • Checked By: The tool used to perform the validation test.
  • Doctype: The document type of the file being tested.
  • Character Set: The syntax used in the file being tested.
  • Validation Output: Summarizes the entries found in the content that either contain W3C errors or warnings.
  • List View: Provides users with a list view of each error with relevant attached information.

Additionally, each item, whether an error or a warning, displays underneath the error summary. Each item identifies a line of code, along with a helper message indicating the problem and a preview of the problem content. In some instances, a solution or additional helper text is displayed with the item as well.

AccessibilityLink to this section

Accessibility check looks for issues in the page as defined by accessibility standards such as Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). It identifies three types of problems (known, likely, and potential):

  • Known problems have been verified as broken or creating an error.
  • Likely problems need to be reviewed by a user to determine if it's actually a problem or not.
  • Potential problems are either code that may cause errors or possible errors that cannot be automatically checked and require human review.

In the accessibility check results, each problem is listed with the location of the error in the source code, the name of the issue, an excerpt of the offending code, and a suggested repair.

Level 10 administrators can add exceptions to the accessibility check by clicking the "Make Exception" button next to an identified problem. Exceptions are still noted by the system but don't prevent page publish, if the page needs to pass page check to be published. When adding an exception from page check results, that exception is made for every page in the site.

Accessibility check settings and exceptions can be managed from the account settings.