Chrome isn’t ready yet for the big leagues because it doesn’t integrate with Auto Form Fillers like Google’s own SEO friendly toolbar, or Roboform so we still use Firefox and IE when doing web site design projects in our Los Angeles based LaDezign.com. That’s why today I’m writing about a new plugin for Firefox called Firebug which puts a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse a web site.
- Firebug is always just a keystroke away, but it never gets in your way. You can open Firebug in a separate window, or as a bar at the bottom of your browser. Firebug also gives you fine-grained control over which websites you want to enable it for.
- Firebug makes it simple to find HTML elements buried deep in the page. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, Firebug gives you a wealth of information, and lets you edit the HTML live.
- Firebug’s CSS tabs tell you everything you need to know about the styles in your web pages, and if you don’t like what it’s telling you, you can make changes and see them take effect instantly.
- When your CSS boxes aren’t lining up correctly it can be difficult to understand why. Let Firebug be your eyes and it will measure and illustrate all the offsets, margins, borders, padding, and sizes for you.