Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Internet Explorer Dev Toolbar

From Bart Smet - Internet Explorer Dev Toolbar - a must have for every web developer :
Something I missed on the PDC apparently :s. But anyway, you can get it over here: Keep in mind it's still beta, the installer needs a reboot at the end of the setup!

An overview (copied from download page):

The IE Developer Toolbar provides several features for deeply exploring and understanding Web pages.

-- 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 800x600 or a custom size.
-- 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.

Well, I like it. Especially W3C compliance validation (which is in fact just a dynamic link to the W3C validator page) is a nice feature to evangelize in the academic world. Especially when you show that has 0 validation errors and a site like has 22 validation errors, has 4 validation errors :d. I should have misheard any "we care about standards" statements from some 'groups' ^0). Also check out the IEBlog post on this tool on

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