Since many of my visitors are Firefox users, I want to introduce extensions to you (if you’re not already aware of them). They are a wonderful thing and offers great add-on functionality, not just for doing personalization and customization (which are two very different things), but they are also very competent tools I use in my day-to-day work.
The extensions I use are (in favorite order):
Absolutely mandatory when developing web sites. My managers should pay the developer of this program for the time it saves me and the accuracy it leads me to in designing my code.
This is a close runner-up giving you the possibility to get your code automatically validated when you choose View Page Source. With its new look showing the code validation errors in the statusbar, I wonder if this one should be in spot number one.
Unfortunately, it is for Windows only, so I think that’s what knocks it down to second place.
Amongst other things, automatically opens links from other applications, bookmarks and those who have target=”_blank” in a new tab/new tabs. Brilliant!
For reading RSS feeds in the sidebar without the need of changing to another program or navigating away from the current web page (I’m a RSS junkie).
A tool for instantly seeing the hexadecimal color of the element you hover in the current web page, displayed in the status bar.
A nifty extension showing (if available) thumbnails for each search result when doing a search on Google.
And these are two other extensions I found out about while doing research for this post, that I just have to try:
Fangs Screen Reader Emulator
Renders a text version of the current web page, to see how a screen reader would show it.
Amazing things for an amazing browsers! Extensions are just one of many reasons why I don’t understand why IE users persist in having it as their default browser.
Naturally, after I decided to write this post, I became aware of the fact that my friend Roger has written a very similar post. I hope they complement each other, and also that what you don’t find in my post you will find in his.
Happy extension downloading!