A good browser is an essential component for web development. Fortunately, there is no shortage of browsers in Linux. Forbes have a list of Linux browsers in the article titled Browsing The Web On Linux. The article is so old(2002) that it don't mention my favorite browser - Firefox. Firefox is, without doubt, the browser of choice in all platforms that it supports.
But this is not a post to extol the virtues of Firefox. This is a post to explain which browsers to use when developing web sites in Linux. Let us start with Firefox
Many people have strongly recommended using Firefox rather than IE for web development. Some of the main reasons for this are...
- Firefox supports Web Standards better than most other browsers. Targeting Firefox will encourage you to use better code.
- Build-in Development Tools
- The best selling point of Firefox is perhaps the availability of hundreds of free extensions. Some must-have extensions for web development...
- Web Developer Extension - This extensions have too many features to be listed here. Some of the most useful features are...
- Outline block elements, tables, divs...
- Edit the CSS of the current page in real time.
- View/Edit/Delete Cookies.
- Add external tools - Editor/Validators etc.
- And more..
Lynx is a text browser. Open a terminal and type the command...
This is how the lynx browser works - it has no graphics - the interface is completely in text - this is very useful for accessibility testing, SEO, usability testing and more.