Simply Testable Updates #114: Ignoring Links For Broken Link Checking

Simply Testable Updates #114: Ignoring Links For Broken Link Checking

February 25, 2015
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This is the 114th of weekly progress updates on the development of Simply Testable, your professional automated web frontend testing service providing one-click testing for your entire site.

Ignoring Links For Broken Link Checking
Not every link in a web page takes you to another web page. You will commonly find mailto links that typically open a mail client for to you create a new message. You may sometimes find links to FTP servers in websites that offer file downloads. And, more commonly these days, you may find a link that opens a telephone number in a dialler (generally on mobile sites).

Until recently, our broken link checker was (correctly) ignoring links that use the mailto: or javascript: scheme.

Our broken link checker was updated this week to also ignore ftp: and tel: schemes in URLs. In the future, I hope to be able to stop ignoring and start checking such links, particularly tel: links as their popularity increases. I just added issues to our bug tracker to help me remember.

Upcoming Work
I'm continuing work on providing more clear test results. This is part of a larger project to not only present more clear test results but also to make it easier to find what you need in test results. This will lead on to being able to provide an analysis of results at the site level not just the page level.

As always, if you'd like to see web testing you find boring handled automatically for you, add a suggestion or vote up those that interest you. This really helps.

Feedback, thoughts or ideas: email, follow @simplytestable or keep an eye on the Simply Testable blog.


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