Designing a standard and cross-browser compatible website is very tough. Accessibility is the one major issue. Visual appeal is also an element, which makes designing of a good website, a balancing task of usability and browser-compatible codes, to let the site visitors finding what they are searching for. Which Internet browser to use depends on personal preference as so many options like Opera, IE, Firefox, Safari (Apple), Google Chrome, etc. are available. In most of web design circles, the Mozilla Firefox is the widest used browser because of its security and expandability, compared to the Internet Explorer. Because of its tremendous add-on development, there are ample tools which can be really handy for coding, checking the work, etc. Most of the times, the web developer may require some handy utilities to speed up the process. Here are 5 Firefox add-ons that a web developer should keep handy.
ColorZilla is a useful extension, which helps the designers in selecting colors from the live web page. By using ColorZilla, you may get the color reading from whichever point in the browser, promptly adjust the color and paste to another program. You may Zoom the page that you are viewing as well as measure the distances between two points on page. Its built-in palette browser permits selecting colors from the pre defined color sets as well as saving most utilized colors in the custom palettes. ColorZilla is a handy Firefox add-on, which gives Photoshop-style palette browser and color picker. It gives a quick way of matching a color attained on the Web to the design and you won’t require to open the Photoshop to get a right color. It is also terrific in developing color swatches.
With the Save Complete add-on, a user may save a whole Web page in the hard-drive without any downloading difficulty. If one goes with the conventional “Save Page As” alternative in the Firefox, few things might go missing in offline copy like images or the CSS elements. The Save Complete is outstanding for the archiving purposes or even better to store the whole Web page.
Code Burner for the Firebug is very important reference tool for the web developers. It displays code samples, syntax, and the browser compatibility details in the bottom of browser. The latest version of Code Burner is compatible with the Firefox 3.5.