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To prove something to be sound or logical. Also to certify conformance to an accepted standard. Contrast with verify.

For example, data entry validity checking determines whether the data make sense (numbers fall within a range, numeric data are all digits, etc.), but "validity" checking does not "verify" that the data are correct. Even if the check digit in a customer account number is determined to be a valid number, it may still be the wrong number for that individual. In practice however, the terms "validate" and "verify" are often used synonymously. See validity checking, check digit and HTML validator.

Errors Can Be Laughable
Validating data typed into the computer is not a complicated concept. However, with regard to proper names, if there is no existing database to compare to, validation is a time-consuming job. The only way to ensure correct spelling is to have two different operators type the same name twice or to have a person visually compare what has been typed by another.

Is That Really the Name?
Residents of Everittstown, New Jersey would surely get a chuckle if they were driving a car in their town with this GPS navigation system. Of course, if the error was ever reported, an updated DVD disc would solve the problem.
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Oracle s Validated Demographics is a welcome addition to the marketer s tool box that can enable smarter decision-making during the pre-bid process to drive improved campaign accuracy and ROI.
We are excited to join the Global Management Alliance program, as it is designed to help ensure optimal application performance and availability with Quest's validated application management solution for enterprise BEA customers," said Larry Humphries, vice president, application management solutions, Quest Software.
The matching ready-to-use and validated SYBR(R) Green-based qRT-PCR assay portfolio is supplemented by QIAGEN's QuantiTect(R) Primer Assays for real-time RT-PCR providing specificity and sensitivity comparable to sequence-specific probe-based assays.
First, if an approved protection profile (PP)--a statement of security requirements that addresses existing threats in specific technology areas--exists, purchases are restricted to respectively: validated products that match that existing PP; products submitted for validation with a security target written against that PP; or other U.
By choosing Siebel eBusiness Applications and validated partner solutions, Siebel Systems' customers can pursue a best-of-class software acquisition strategy and quickly deploy the very best solution available.
For example, a five-level treatment difficulty measurement system could be validated by calculating, by level or score, the probability of death of all hospital patients.
At LinuxWorld San Francisco this week, AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced the availability of AMD Validated Server platforms certified for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server from Novell, further confirming AMD's commitment to the channel by offering solution providers the ability to brand and differentiate their solutions to address customer needs.
IxMobile, the first test platform to be validated for 3G video testing, has an incredible depth of functionality and now adds support for two more important codecs as the markets for fixed mobile convergence and 3G video telephony become increasingly important.
It is the first NAC product to deliver all of the following key security components: wire-speed authenticated and validated access to all users throughout the network; protection from security threats and malicious behavior; continuous compliance inspection; and a fully integrated Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDP) engine.
The FIPS validated OpenSSL Cryptographic Module v1.
Specifically for PCI compliance, acquirers will be fined between $5,000 and $25,000 a month for each of its Level 1 and 2 merchants who have not validated by September 30, 2007 and December 31, 2007 respectively.
There's a natural fit between the two companies, and the SymbolPLUS Validated Software logo assures customers that Symbol's MC70 EDA handheld device and our mobile-to-mobile convergence solution are interoperable.