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Firefox Responsive Mode

This is yet another article in praise of a Firefox developer tools feature. Last week I was getting excited about the 3D mode, but today I’m equally uncontrollable over the responsive mode. Once again, if you don’t have the little icon on the right hand side of the developer tools header, you can hit the […]

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Firefox 3D Mode

If you haven’t checked out the native Firefox Developer Tools in a while, it is time to take another look – even if you are an avid Firebug fan. The native tools are nothing short of brilliant. The feature I’m going to highlight briefly is the 3D view. Once you get over the childish excitement […]

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Battery Status API

The battery status API is quite a special one. While on a basic level you can use it to get information on how long a battery has left, it is what you do with the information that makes it cool. For example, if you have a web app that performs polling in the background, grabbing […]

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Firefox Spinners and What They Can Tell You

Update! In Firefox Quantum, the spinners were updated to Cylon-eyes. The TL;DR is that there are still two spinning states: Grey Cylon (equivalent to the old anti-clockwise grey spinner)… waiting for response Blue Cylon (quivalent to the old clockwise green spinner)… receiving the response The original article on spinners is below. If you are an […]

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Firefox About URI Schema

The “about:” URI schema has been around since the days of Netscape, but there is more to it than the common “about:blank” reference for an empty page. Some of these options give you an advanced view over Firefox and its cache – and others a just a bit of entertainment. Here is a list of […]

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Microsoft Expression Super Compare

Revised, July 2014. I have no idea what became of this product – I think it got rolled into a premium version of the Expression suite, but can’t find any references to it. Original article below… Microsoft have just released a really cool new tool for comparing websites in different versions of the Internet Explorer […]

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HTML5 Browser Test

Revised, July 2014 – Please see my update on dropping the HTML5 shim. Having managed to get the HTML5 website working in all the popular browsers, I ran a test on a larger number of browsers and operating systems with the following result: If you are running the latest version of any major browser – […]

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How Firefox Caching Works

If you’re developing a website and you’re wondering how Firefox caches the files, here’s a run down of the behaviour. I’ve spend some time researching this for a project I’m working on and the information is surprising, but very useful. What’s In The Cache In Firefox, you can see everything that has been cached by […]