XHTML Challenge is a freshly launched project by Valentin Agachi, which enables you to create challenges between two websites. The script will analyze the sites’ XHTML markups and return a report for the visitors to vote. The signup process and overall workflow is very simple. Within a minute, I created a challenge between Best Web Gallery and CSS Remix (see the challenge).

bwg vs cssremix

I asked Valenin: "why did you create XHTML Challenge"?

agachi

I started this project because I wanted to have a place to check up sites quickly markup-wise. There’s a lot of CSS galleries out there, but not many look under the hood at the code and check them out. I plan to add a few other facts regarding the code of the sites challenged.

The site is created using a homemade PHP framework. The facts about the sites challenged are analyzed in the background after submission, and periodically after that. The thumbnails of the sites are taken from a 3rd party provider.

Valentin Agachi, XHTML Challenge

My thoughts…

The concept is fun and creative, however, there are areas that I think it could improve:

  • The voting system could be enchanced by Ajax. It is very annoying because the page reload every time I make a vote.
  • The site is missing a commenting system. People like to comment, who doesn’t?
  • The vote count should be based on user’s login, not cookie (and IP address I believe). This will prevent the same user from voting on the same challenge under different network or when the cookie is expired.

Check out some of the interesting challenges:

Mac OS X Leopard vs Window Vista
challenge

Del.icio.us vs. Digg
challenge

Facebook vs. Hi5
challenge

Barack Obama vs. Hillary Clinton
challenge

Firefox vs. Windows IE
challenge

Freelance Switch vs. Freelance Folder
challenge

Performancing vs. Problogger
challenge

56 Comments

erica
Feb 17, 2008 at 6:16 pm

The concept reminds me of a deeper analyzed version of Command Shift 3.. where as there is more to vote on than just design.

rokryan
Feb 17, 2008 at 7:07 pm

niice find!

Elliott
Feb 17, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for the long awaited update :) You have a spelling mistake, though.

“why did you created XHTML Challenge”?

Should be:

“why did you create XHTML Challenge”?

:)!

Nick La
Feb 17, 2008 at 8:12 pm

@Elliott – lol. Thanks.

chris
Feb 17, 2008 at 8:21 pm

I love it!

“Under The Hood” is right, and let’s face it, we work really hard on our website so we know who our competitors are. Let’s see how they stack up.

I see a lot of room for new features, more ajax, comments too. But so far, this is a really great site.

Nice find!

tagyboy
Feb 18, 2008 at 9:42 am

“The vote count should be based on user’s login, not cookie (and IP address I believe). This will prevent the same user from voting on the same challenge under different network or when the cookie is expired.”

I do not really agree with you ! If you do this, it won’t prevent user from voting on the same challenge under different account. I believe it’s easier to create several account than voting from a different host. Actually the best solution is to combine both solutions, don’t you think ?

Weverton Naves
Feb 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Good idea! I see a great stimulus for validation xhtml.

Valentin A.
Feb 18, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Glad you all like the site!

The site supports commenting now. Also a few ajax enhancements are in the works, and will go live within the next few days.

Alvin
Feb 18, 2008 at 4:31 pm

Interesting!
As far as i notice people out there (including me) vote for their general preference.
So for instance when i saw the Firefox vs IE i immediately voted Firefox (lol) lot of other designers did the same…

Jermayn Parker
Feb 18, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Its good to see people who code using standards etc can get some recognition now

Glow
Feb 19, 2008 at 3:44 am

Interesting concept, i will try to submit some of my websites.

It seems the comments are now available.

Anthea
Feb 19, 2008 at 4:07 am

Wicked idea Valentin, and good on you for giving it a go.

I think Alvin’s comment that people would vote for their general preference is valid. – I know that even if the IE website blew Firefox out of the water in it’s development, as a user I am still prejudiced to vote for my “favorite” – and not based at all on the compliance of their code.

In my opinion, it’s very hard to separate design and development for rating. Based on the idea that the design is what most people have in mind when they think of a site. In this case, especially when there is a thumbnail present!

Thanks for bringing this to my attention though Nick, it’s very interesting and I can imagine it’s an idea which will spawn a lot of new thought. :)

Sara
Feb 19, 2008 at 5:30 pm

The winner of Firefox vs. IE was a no-brainer
XD

Fubiz
Feb 20, 2008 at 1:28 am

Very nice idea of battle. Like Hot or not.

bweb
Feb 20, 2008 at 11:11 am

CSS Remix with 107 errors has no chance :)

Karl
Feb 22, 2008 at 3:40 am

Don’t you think this could be a little biased to compare sites like IE v Firefox?

Im guessing people who use Firefox will vote for the site because they use it, not because it is a lot better in site comparison…. although i do use FF myself ;o)

Will
Feb 22, 2008 at 10:59 am

All of your examples are sites that are almost encouraging biased opinions completely irrelevant of the actual code and more about the content. People will always be biased in this way and therefore this site is pretty useless for anything other than sites that people have never been to or heard of before. Small portfolio sites for example.

Fabian
Feb 23, 2008 at 1:06 pm

I like the site ;), the design is great but the sidebar with archive/advertisements/etc. is too empty…

Nice review nick!

web design, almog , media
Feb 25, 2008 at 5:15 am

I think the idea is good , but still am not sure most users would need this kind of web app, for validation you have WW3 , and yes it is nice to compare two different sites based on a voting system but well there benefits for the user and site owner.

directory
Mar 1, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Could you please send to me the contacts of developer of your site? It looks so damn good!

reviews
Mar 1, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Hi from New York And thanks for the web site. It was just the thing I had been looking for. It has helped me no end. Thanks again

Ralph
Mar 7, 2008 at 11:00 am

I like your idea to challenge website, respect ;)

Do you go forward to this project or do you finished already?

Ralph

jerang
Apr 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm

I do agree with Fubiz, Valenin, could approach venture capitalist that way. “Think of it as HOT or NOT for websites. Great article Nick.

chirag
Apr 28, 2008 at 4:19 am

Hello,
How can i Subscribe your site

yeni oyunlar
Jun 3, 2008 at 11:24 am

How can i Subscribe your site

Strike
Jun 10, 2008 at 8:16 am

Good idea! I see a great stimulus for validation xhtml.

5ivedance
Jul 26, 2008 at 10:05 am

Firefox vs. Windows IE

kpss
Aug 5, 2008 at 3:14 am

I like your idea to challenge website

Web 2.0 Expert
Aug 11, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Great Idea, a unique thought behind every big concept… And thats you have my dear…:)
Web Designer India

Tommy_Gun
Sep 20, 2008 at 2:24 pm

My challenge:
http://xhtmlchallenge.com/digitalni-nazory-cz-vs-bombanet-cz/

donyk
Jan 4, 2009 at 7:38 am

oh yes oh no … I like your idea to challenge website, :)

Xhtml coder
Mar 4, 2009 at 2:12 am

COOL! fantastic idea…. i think all sites will have stimuli to make valid xhtml/css code ;)

Firefox vs IE – good compare and results

susuzkuyu
Jul 25, 2009 at 5:40 pm

beatifull!

cennetevi
Aug 8, 2009 at 6:23 am

Thank =)=)=) you http://www.cennet.gen.tr webdesignerwall Thanks

Jhon
Sep 4, 2009 at 9:18 pm

Firefox vs. Windows IE

bagsin
Sep 10, 2009 at 7:43 pm

Interesting challenge

Facebook Applications
Sep 24, 2009 at 4:26 am

Firefox Rox

panel radyatör
Oct 24, 2009 at 8:56 am

it is trully perfect job

Mike
Oct 31, 2009 at 4:48 am

Great Idea, a unique thought behind every big concept… And thats you have my dear…:)

Facebook Application Developers
Nov 5, 2009 at 3:48 am

I really like the way you compare all these websites :)

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Jan 5, 2010 at 11:34 pm

The designs showed here show what simple and tasteful design is all about. Another one to consider

Web Design
Apr 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

this website is awesomE!!! thanks so much

Padraic
May 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Love your new banner :)

Zach
May 18, 2010 at 5:08 pm

,lucy

Eusebio Wachob
Sep 18, 2010 at 1:35 pm

You have an great site!

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Feb 2, 2011 at 7:19 am

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Feb 8, 2011 at 6:39 am

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Aug 4, 2011 at 9:59 am

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May 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm

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Jul 26, 2012 at 9:28 am

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Jun 1, 2013 at 9:23 am

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