Mac Safari's cool new Inspector

Summary:As a reluctant web page developer on StorageMojo and for friends, I often wonder how a page I like is done. With Safari's cool new Inspector I don't have to wonder any more.

As a reluctant web page developer on StorageMojo and for friends, I often wonder how a page I like is done. With Safari's cool new Inspector I don't have to wonder any more.

Here's is what the Inspector looks like:

safari_inspector1.jpg

It makes it easy to pick out the CSS, documents and other components of a page. Check the "Show implicit properties" box for even more data on the page.

A quick tour This shows the Inspector as an independent window, but if you click 2nd from the left icon at the bottom of the window it will show up at the bottom of the Safari window. Click on "body" and the body code will appear, highlighted.

Enabling the Inspector functionality requires a quick trip to the Terminal (located in your Utilities folder). At the prompt enter defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitDeveloperExtras -bool true

Restart Safari, right click on a web page and you'll see a new "Inspect Element" option.

Comments welcome, as always. Firefox's Firebug add-on is an option for devoted FF users.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Apple, Hardware, Developer

About

Robin Harris is Chief Analyst at TechnoQWAN LLC, a storage research and consulting firm he founded in 2005. Based in Sedona, Arizona, TechnoQWAN focuses on emerging technologies, products, companies and markets. Robin has over 35 years experience in the IT industry and earned degrees from Yale and the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton... Full Bio

zdnet_core.socialButton.googleLabel Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.