Information Research, Vol. 10 No. 2, January, 2005
The Web reader's problem: You download a Webpage and wish you could view it without the images, show all the link code, examine its stylesheet, etc.
Solution: The extensions for the new Mozilla Firefox Web browser can help both Web writers and readers.
Ouch! I have been frustrated for years with cryptic error messages:
I can evaluate the download speed of my Webpage More and more I find myself teaching distance education courses via the Web. While I enjoy high-speed cable connections, some of my students no doubt would be thankful for a 56k modem, while others are hobbled with even less powerful technology. I can run a diagnostic on my Web page to optimize download. Consider the work of art that I wrote at http:// www.ischool.washington.edu/ tabrooks/ 320/ 2003Revision/ syllabus.htm.
The following Speed Report diagnostic tells me I've created a fat page that will be slow to load:
You want to harvest images from a Webpage? "Display Image Paths" will show you where an image is located. "Hide Images" will produce a text-only display. There are several tools to outline images. This is very useful for understanding how much of the Webpage presentation is image or text.
I'm a good example of a sloppy hacker who writes undisciplined HTML code. That's ok if I never work for hire or otherwise have to share my code. Your employer, however, might demand HTML of a certain reliability and standard. You can validate CSS, HTML, Links and more.
The Firefox browser is a customizable tool with new extensions being added all the time. It illustrates the evolution of the Web browser towards a toolbox that the Web surfer can use to negotiate the interactive reading surfaces known as Webpages. By the way, this Web page received warnings for too many objects, too many images, total size, total image size, total CSS size and I'm warned that it will load in about 55 seconds on a 56k modem. Ouch!