Mike Swanson

November, 2005

  • Mike Swanson's Blog

    Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Beta


    This is pretty cool. I haven't done serious web development for almost three years now (!), but if I were still doing it, I'd want this. Download the freely available Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar, and add the following capabilities to your browser (from the site):

    • Explore and modify the document object model (DOM) of a Web page.
    • Locate and select specific elements on a Web page through a variety of techniques.
    • Selectively disable Internet Explorer settings.
    • 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.
    • Display image dimensions, file sizes, path information, and alternate (ALT) text.
    • Immediately resize the browser window to a new resolution.
    • Selectively clear the browser cache and saved cookies. Choose from all objects or those associated with a given domain.
    • Choose direct links to W3C specification references, the Internet Explorer team weblog (blog), and other resources.
    • Display a fully featured design ruler to help accurately align objects on your pages.

    While I'm on the subject, I always found ProxyTrace and Fiddler to be very useful tools. They both allow you to log and inspect HTTP traffic, something that too many developers tend to ignore.

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