Re: [web-99] Web Developer Question For Developers

From: Niki D.
Sent on: Friday, August 26, 2011 1:51 AM
I'm a fan of the User Agent Switcher extension for Firefox. Download it here: http://chrispederick.com/work/user-agent-switcher/

It allows you to switch from the default user agent (your installed version of Firefox) to a whole list of other user agents. The extension comes with a few options (IE, iPhone 3, etc.) but the best use of it is to import all the user agents available. I exported my complete list and attached it to this email -- after importing it into the extension, you should be able to switch between everything from IE to Firefox to Safari to Opera to Konquerer. It includes all types of mobile devices as well.

As James mentioned, any tool that allows you to emulate another browser only affects rendering -- great if you're primarily concerned with how your site looks, but maybe not perfect if there's an underlying issue you're hoping to test. 

Hope this helps!

Niki Doyle
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On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 10:37 PM, James Holder <[address removed]> wrote:
I thought the M$ development tool appeared in IE8, but I might be incorrect.
One thing to keep in mind when using the IE in emulation mode is that, while it might render elements in a similar fashion to the specified IE version, the underlying architecture does not change. (In particular I'm talking about the way a new process is spawned off for each tab/window) Would this affect your layout? Most likely no, but it is good to be aware of.

To answer your question you might take a look at http://utilu.com/UtiluMFC/ (bundled collection of FF)

They also have an IE offering, looks like it would be perfect for you. I haven't tried it personally, so take that with a grain of salt, but it looks great.

I think there is also http://browsershots.org if your bottom like is how well and consistently the design is implemented.

Hope this is helpful!

--james


On Thu, Aug 25, 2011 at 3:24 PM, Jonathan Wright <[address removed]> wrote:
Hi Web Developers,

I have a question that I wanted to ask to anyone who might know what I am talking about:

When you are developing a web site in Internet Explorer, Microsoft provides a developer tool (click F12) that allows you to view your
web site in previous versions of Internet Explorer (at least back to IE 7). Very handy since a lot of users don't update their browser as fast as we would like.

Does Firefox or any of the other major browsers have anything similar to this?

For Firefox, I have tried downloading previous versions like FF 5 and 4, and creating a separate user profile for each version,
but this gets annoying very quickly, because my add-ons, particularly Firebug, get messed up or disabled in some way. (Tampering with
about:config also seems to be unsuccessful:)

I would like to believe Mozilla has developers in mind and that they would give them easy access to earlier versions of their browser.

Any help on the subject would be appreciated.

Thanks and see you at the next meetup!

Jonathan Wright
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