I ended up getting the W3C‘s MarkUp Validator installed properly on Mac OS X 10.2.8. There were just some minor ‘gotchas’ along the way. The best advice I can give is to READ! Yes, RTFM, and then read it again…

My software installs usually go like this: Attempt an install, with a basic skimming of the docs, and if it doesn’t work, start really reading the docs…

I ended up installing gettext, then libiconv again (as suggested) and then Text::Iconv (following David Wheeler’s notes) and that fixed the big problem….

As for the second problem, well, that’s my own stupid fault. See, I edited a config file using pico, and I forgot that when you copy text, and then paste it, it turns tabs into spaces. Since name/value pairs need to be separated by a tab, this broke things. That’s just one of those sanity check things so I think I get a free pass on that one.

So in summary, I’ve now got the W3C‘s MarkUp Validator running locally on Mac OS X. You can just feel the exciting building!

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