Firefox Extensions

September 14, 2005 — Leave a comment

Mozilla Firefox is a browser I could not live without. As a developer it has so much genuine extensions to work with that make developing webapplications or designing websites a lot of fun. Because there are so much of them out there I compiled the most useful together into another list 🙂

### Useful Extensions ###

#### Adblock ####

[Adblock](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=10) is a tool to block certain media types based on URIs from the sites you’re visiting. You can right-click on blockable media and choose to block this specific item by simply pressing enter or manipulating the URI to add wildcards and block all media from an adblock server.

#### RadialContext ####

If you know radial context menus (using a radial type of structure instead of a list) then you’ll like the [RadialContext Extension](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=67) to Firefox. Once you got used to it you wouldn’t want to live without it anymore. Trust me :).

#### mozImage ####

Tired of image galleries with bad navigation? Then [mozImage](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=168) is just right for you. It allows you to view a gallery by collecting all visible images linked to other (bigger) images. This application gives you a simple to use interface to view them – you can even view images located on your own harddisk.

#### User Agent Switcher ####

From time to time I visit a site which tells me I’m using the wrong browser or my system is not supported or crap like this. Then the [User Agent Switcher](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=59) extension comes in handy, for you might change the identification of your Firefox to Opera, Netscape or even Internet Explorer. You can even change the operating system you use to trick a browser sniffer.

#### Tabbrowser Preferences ####

[Tabbroser Preferences](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=158) extends the tab-feature of Firefox so that it replaces the tab preferences dialog and displays options Firefox already features and adds some new (like locking a tab).

### Developer Tools ###

#### Web Developer ####

By far the most useful extension is called [Web Developer](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=60). It has all the features you’ll ever wanted to have. Plus more. With it you may *disable*

* Cache
* Cookies
* Images
* Javascript

You’ll use

* View CSS
* Edit CSS
* View style information (for a specific element)

You can

* resize your browser window to predefined values or to values given by you
* outline all types of elements
* display a lot of information with just two clicks
* clear cache
* open the Java/Javascript Console

and so much more – go and have a look!

#### HTML Validator ####

In the last few weeks I began to develop using the W3C HTML Validator to create validated HTML sites. It is very useful, though it is also very slow. This was the reason I was looking for another tool to do the job – and I found a good one: [HTML Validator](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=249). Try it out, it’s worth the time installing.

#### MeasureIt ####

Did you ever wonder what width an element had? It comes to me from time to time, and all I had to do it was the KDE ruler (which has a _very_ long startup time if you’re running Gnome). I found [MeasureIt](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=539), it is a very simple and easy to use measurement tool. You’ll get the pixel size of measured elements.

#### View formatted source ####

Another addon which might catch your interest is [View formatted source (format source extension)](https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=697). It shows the formatted source code and displays style information when mouse-hovering and element. For this feature you need to have the DOM Inspector installed.

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