God, I just love, love, LOVE Firefox. Is there a web developer alive out there that disagrees?
While updating my Firebug extension, I noticed that one of the bug fixes for 1.0.1 was a compatibility issue with another extension, the HTML Validator.
“Pray tell,” I asked, “what could this machine be?” Well, as it turns out, its yet another breathtakingly useful tool in the arsenal of a web developer, this one validates a page based on the W3C standards without posting it to the W3C site for the results:
HTML Validator is a Mozilla extension that adds HTML validation inside Firefox and Mozilla. The number of errors of a HTML page is seen on the form of an icon in the status bar when browsing. The details of the errors are seen when looking the HTML source of the page.
Of course, this simple explanation sells the plugin somewhat short. The big thing is this: ordinarily, you would need to go to the W3C validator and put in the URL, then it spits back a bunch of errors and warnings with line numbers. All well and good, but now you have to go through your code to find out where that line occurs. . . and oh, by the way, if you’re writing PHP-generated HTML, then there isn’t a standing document where you can find that line.
Aggravating? Oh, you betcha! But with the Validator extension, just as with FireBug, you get to see the currently-laid out HTML as it happens and find exactly what is causing the error, thus saving yourself considerable time digging through your PHP include files to figure out which one’s causing the freakin’ error message!!!
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