Themers Toolbox #2: browser hell

26 October 2009 mortendk

how nice it would be if there was only one browser ... ooh well if they all just worked our life would be so much easier but then what should we tell warstories about around the candlefire?

Heres the second part of the Themers toolbox a bunch of infomation that i signed up to collect for the Design For Drupal group

  1. Modules & themes
  2. Browser Hell
  3. code is beautiful

Mac fascist alert
I have no clue about other platform than the mac, so if you think im missing out something please let me know, untill then this is a mac only version.

Yes iknow theyre more browsers out there, so if im missing something then use the comments and point me to it, i have only taken the most important browsers here in October 2009


Lets start with a couple of modules to add some browser fun



This should be a no brainer but just so were clear: Firefox is a goldmine when were talking about developing tools
And now that almost all (read ie6) browsers are getting up to speed, firefox will pretty soon become your weapon of choice.

So offcourse we wanna beef up out weapon so say hello to a bunch of kick ass plugins that will make youre day better:

  • firebug
    If youre serious about anything in webdevelopment get this now!
  • the webdeveloper toolbar
    Gives you an toolbar with all kinds of tools you need on your day to day need
    webdeveloper toolbar
  • total validator:
    fireforx extension
  • accessability testing
    wave toolbar
    The accessability geeks will kill you if you dont remember to check this out ;)
  • codeburner documentation
  • tap to the left
    This gives your the tabs out to the left of the browser instead of in top of browser.
    Really handy when you like me haves a trillion taps
  • pixel perfect
    Pixel Perfect gives you a layer inside the browser so you can add a jpg/png file and overlay it over the webpage. This is another nobrainer download it asap. And by the guys who did it a beer

safari & webkit

This should come with your mac, offcourse you can get this for your pc ;)

More the wonders the developtools that safari 4 haves go and read playing with wire



Googles browser:
* chrome for the pc:
* chrome for osx:
developer version

Virtual box

The mac is superiour (as we all know ) but we need a little help when it comes to other OS

Download virtualbox
Get the free virtualbox its great, and if you only need to check your webpages then these wont kill you mac with an absurd demand for ram.

ie from ie6 -> ie8

Rasmus created a bunch of asskicking quick n dirty winblow developer isntallation with all you need.This really is a big help that i dont have to battle for days to get an ie6 up and running. get the disc imagess now

Its all in danish and the images only runs for an hour on the virtualbox.
But this at least gives you a chance to check it out.

Besides of these virtualboxes I have a setup with an xp so I can really dig in, but frankly i hate beeing on a pc so ;)


Browser test apps

  • adobe browserlabs
    A flash application where you can compare the design between the different browsers
  • litmus testing
    If youre really serious about testing everything in all browsers then litmus is a good choice

But basically theres nothing that beats having a real pc, mac & linux box standing in the corner :/

scriplets / bookmarklets

  • reset css
    A Lifesaviour if your doing ajax work - or just dont wanna reload the whole page while doing css work.
  • 960gridder
    A really wonderfull tool to checkout you grid and even it youre not into that 960 thing its awesome to check out you line heights
  • firebug lite
    a javascript version of firebug


This is a watch worth ... cause how many is it that actully knows what a browser is?

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Mac superior...

Have you never used a Linux? :)

nenne 2 November, 2009 - 15:45
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