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Monday, August 29th, 2005, 4:31 am

Firefox for Web Design

The Web Developer extension in action

The Web Developer extension in action (click to enlarge)

IT is upsetting to discover that a decent proportion of all Web designers still test and debug pages using Internet Explorer. Mozilla Firefox has an entire range of extensions that are so broad as to justify the name “Web design suites“. I have become aware of a page which contains some of the top Firefox extensions for Web developers. There are good explanations and some features show-down therein.

Web Developer extension

The Web Developer extension shown as a Firefox toolbar (click to enlarge, see tutorial)

If the above does not provide a sufficiently compelling reason to design under Firefox, IE in fact conflicts with Web standards. Also, you might wish to have a look at the American Copyright Office Web site. It includes IE-only features due to designers who are narrow-minded, which illustrates the dangers of sticking to a browser which is vendor-centric. You can file a complaint about this governmental site’s inter-compatibility issues using their on-line feedback form.

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