[X3D-Public] new features X3D-Edit: support for host and QA checking of various file formats

Don Brutzman brutzman at nps.edu
Sat Jun 1 14:51:35 PDT 2013

Some helpful new authoring features have been added to X3D-Edit: 
support for url checking and Quality Assurance (QA).

Screenshot examples attached.  For any given url address, convenience 
buttons are enabled when appropriate for
- launching the appropriate Quality Assurance test site
- checking on the host domain
- checking on whether the site can be pinged (though not all servers 
will respond)

Convenience buttons provide content-specific support for X3D, HTML, XML, 
Javascript, and image formats.

Example button-click results for your information:

- X3D QA


- Image QA

- Domain info: IP number, whois, DNS, traceroute (from 3rd-party site), 
Service scan

- Domain https certificate validation

- Ping

Interesting security note: although the precaution does not appear to be 
well documented, browser HTML forms will not accept entries for local 
file addresses.  This appears to be a prudent way to prevent malicious 
code from probing a user's file system.  So if you want to do QA on a 
local file on your computer, then you simply use the HTML Browse widget 
on the QA site yourself to select a local file for testing.

If anyone knows of worthwhile QA checkers for other formats of interest 
(sound files, .pdf, .nrrd maybe?) then I'll connect those too.

I'm already finding these features quite useful when authoring web 
content, hope you do to.  Have fun with X3D!

all the best, Don
Don Brutzman  Naval Postgraduate School, Code USW/Br       brutzman at nps.edu
Watkins 270,  MOVES Institute, Monterey CA 93943-5000 USA   +1.831.656.2149
X3D graphics, virtual worlds, navy robotics http://faculty.nps.edu/brutzman
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