11/17/2004

Web Design and the Firefox Browser

Mozilla Firefox logoThe new Mozilla Firefox 1.0 browser seems to be a bit pickier about displaying incorrect coding (HTML or CSS) than other current browsers — that is, you might get a bit of a shock on some pages. While this sounds like a problem, I welcome a browser that immediately displays any coding issues.

One note: from my initial tests, Firefox 1.0 seems to suffer from the same type of caching problem as IE — once you've visited a page, then updated and uploaded the page and revisited it, FF1.0 does not give you the updated version. How annoying is that? Lots of manual clearing of the cache is in order.

My favorite Firefox add-on is the Web Developers' Toolbar (now in version 0.8), which allows you to emulate window/resolution resizing, along with more neat tricks than one could imagine — HTML and CSS validation, paths to images. Very useful for developers and designers.

5 Comments to "Web Design and the Firefox Browser"

  1. Tangaroa says:

    The caching problem of Firefox can be bypassed by using the preview option in your development tools
    (e.g. Dreamweaver – Just set Firefox as default browser and press F12 to see the preview). If you don't have the possibility to preview from the development tool, you will have to clear the cache frequently.

  2. DianeV says:

    Ah, Tangaroa. It's good to know that it's the browser, and not a particular setting. Thanks.

  3. FP says:

    Or you could just press Ctrl-F5 to reload bypassing the cache.

  4. Paul Hutchinson says:

    FP – Thanks a lot – That has been a real bugbear for me and I love Firefox

    Ctrl-F5

    Thats the way to Go!!!!!

  5. Rowan says:

    Please add firefox cookies/bad web sites immunization in next version!
    Firefox 2 cannot reject third party cookies!!!!!!!!

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