IETab and Bookmarklets...
What I did – I installed IETab. This lets me click on a button in the status bar and have that tab use the IE engine to render the page. No more firing up IE as an external program, just flip flop back and forth between the Gecko rendering engine and IE.
After installing, the first two sites I tried where of course http://asktom.oracle.com/ - no problem, and then http://tkyte.blogspot.com/. Uh-oh I thought, this thing doesn’t work. The page looked really botched. The right hand side bar was not where it was supposed to be! So, I fired up the real IE and noticed “hey, same problem”.
Turns out the code I had embedded in the I like online communities posting was causing IE to push things around. I don’t fire up IE that often so never noticed it. This option – just press a button and see it – will let me verify that the two browsers most people use here (IE and Firefox) both render the page OK.
I’m going to try it out on other “you must use IE for this site” sites and see how it goes. Looks promising so for.
- Zoom Images (makes graphics larger)
- Zap Images (makes graphics go away)
- Anchors – shows all of the hidden anchors on a page. If you have ever said “how does Tom manage to point to individual paragraphs or un-linked sections in the documentation” – this answers that question (there are thousands of hidden links in the documentation). It is also how I linked directly to Uwe’s comment above – there are hidden anchors on lots of pages (including asktom).