More Web Inspector Updates

Posted: April 16, 2010 Comments(5)

I love WebKit. The Web, without a doubt, looks better in WebKit. At a high level it’s got pristine standards support, at a low level the actual renders simply look superior to other engines out there. But that’s only the half of it. As I was working the other day I took a second to lean back and examine my environment. It was beautiful.

The time has come where even the tools we use to mark up, style, script, and program are looking stellar; the designer in me is smitten. WebKit is by far the best of both worlds in that regard, and it really shines when it comes to things like the Web Inspector. Firebug really broke ground when it came to developing on the front end. It changed the way we all go about the process and streamlined things to no end. On top of that it’s helped us to optimize nearly every aspect of a page load and subsequent interaction.

Screenshot of WebKit's Web Inspector

When the Web Inspector first debuted it wasn’t nearly as feature rich as Firebug. In fact, the shipping version of Safari’s Web Inspector leaves a lot to be desired. When you read what’s arrived in the WebKit Nightly though, how can you not want to use it straight away? I’m not saying that Firebug is any less useful, but the changes (and the hotness) coming to Web Inspector are just stunning. I’m particularly fond of the changes coming to the Styles Inspection, DOM Inspection, Resources Inspection, and who can I kid; everything sounds supreme. Keep your eye on it.

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  1. It still blows me away that everything web inspector is done in HTML and CSS. Such an amazing utility.

  2. I was so pleased with this. The only time I open up Firefox is to use Firebug. I only do that when doing HTML/CSS/JS. My main browser of choice every other time is Safari. It’s simple and it’s fast.

    With this addition, I can now leave FF alone 🙂

  3. Yeah the Web Inspector really came alive when Safari 4 came out. I’ve been using it exclusively for quite some time and with improvements like this it just gets better and better!

  4. I only first really started using the Web Inspector the other day when trying to find an issue with a form submission that wasn’t working in WebKit-based browsers. I found out that the inspector wouldn’t let me inspect disabled form elements. I was quite puzzled, but now that you say it’s built on the DOM and HTML/CSS, it sort of makes sense. I still think it’s an oversight, so hopefully that will be fixed in the next few versions. I’ll be looking forward to see the other changes as well, of course.

    My favorite part: the ability to see redirect information!

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