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Re: Article: Browsers as Test Platforms


From: Chris Heilmann
Date: Nov 23, 2004 11:46AM

>> Devarticles.com will soon release this article about how you can test
>> for some accessibility features with different browsers and how easy
>> it is to trace errors with them.
> That's interesting, but it would seem to me that anyone testing for this
> sort of thing would already have access to pretty much any browser, so I
> guess I don't understand the browser-specific information...why not just
> recommend the best tools for the specific type of testing?
> For me, I find Firefox + the web developer toolbar invaluable alongside of
> lynx.

Personally, I wanted a comparison to allow people to choose. For example
the user mode of Opera offers some things that the developer toolbar still
I also wanted to raise awareness of the options browsers give you and
improve the bug reporting in the company here. A "your javascript has an
error, the ID cannot be found" is so much easier to fix than a "the site
is wrong, look at it" :-)
Furthermore I wanted to give junior developers a choice how to check their
work pre-testing and didn't want to push them into my favourite browser
corner. A .NET developer is not likely to be too much of an Opera user for

Chris Heilmann
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