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10 must have CSS tools

December 19th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

CSS is a simple mechanism for adding style (e.g. fonts, colors, spacing) to Web documents. You implement CSS to control style and layout of your website. However, the learning process could be a bit time consuming and frustrating as it’s not elementary like HTML coding.

If you’re a beginner with CSS, then read our Free CSS Editors article and get an editor to help you through the process. We’ve also put together the most useful CSS debugging tools and methods available.

  1. Web Developer for FireFox – The Web Developer extension adds a menu and a toolbar to the browser with various web developer tools. It is designed for Firefox, Flock, Mozilla and Seamonkey, and will run on any platform that these browsers support including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
  2. Web Developer for IE – The Microsoft Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar provides a variety of tools for quickly creating, understanding, and troubleshooting Web pages. This version is a preview release and behavior may change in the final release.
  3. Web Developer for Opera – The web developer toolbar is a menu and toolbar setup for Opera which brings together functions related to web development, validation services and links to standards and other documentation.
  4. Aardvark Firefox Extension – Simply go to the page you want to debug, and enable the extension by choosing Start Aardvark from the context menu. Now pass you mouse over the element you are trying to debug. The element will be outlined with a red border and you will see the element name, id and class name of the selected element. What is even better, there are a whole slew of keybord modifiers. For example press the *W* key and your selection will be made wider by showing you the containing element of the element you moused-over.
  5. Debugging CSS, the Easy Way – Great article written on how to easily debug CSS issues.
  6. Swift – Swift is a Web Browser for Microsoft Windows based around the WebKit rendering engine which Safari on Mac uses. This is invaluable for testing your sites on your Windows box.
  7. DOM Inspector – a tool that can be used to inspect and edit the live DOM of any web document or XUL application. The DOM hierarchy can be navigated using a two-paned window that allows for a variety of different views on the document and all nodes within.
  8. Firebug – Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page. You can also download the Firefox plugin here.
  9. DebugBar – an Internet Explorer plug-in that bring you powerful features such as DOM Inspector, HTTP Inspector, CSS and many many more features.
  10. CSS Debugger – visually identifies all classes and ID’s in the web page that you are designing. You can download the copy here.

If you know of a debug tool or technique, please let us know.

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