Firefox, IE Cater To Developers

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Whether a developer prefers the Firefox web browser, or Internet Explorer, both have options available to make them effective tools for building websites.

Many phases of web development need go no farther in software demands than their browser of choice. Brennan Stehling discussed the two browsers with the highest market share and their potential for web developers.

He started by noting the release of the Firefox Web Developer extension last September. This extension has a lengthy feature list that made it popular with developers; this is a partial section of that list:

CSS: The CSS features provide various tools related to the CSS on the page including displaying the styles applied to the selected element and live editing of the CSS.

Forms: The forms features provide the ability to manipulate the forms on the page including display the form details and populating form fields.

Images: The images features provide various image related tools including finding broken images and outlining images.

Information: The information features provide various informational tools including displaying element information and viewing the document size.

Microsoft followed up a few months later with its option for developers using IE. The IE Developer toolbar included a Document Object Model explorer with its list of features, including these and others:

•  Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.

•  View HTML object class names, ID’s, and details such as link paths, tab index values, and access keys.

•  Outline tables, table cells, images, or selected tags.

•  Validate HTML, CSS, WAI, and RSS Web feed links.

Specific tools for web development can be found ranging from freely available open source projects to Adobe’s Dreamweaver and associated products. Having the choice to incorporate many tools easily into the preferred browser makes for a nice developer option.

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David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.

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