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In lieu of the updated list here, I don't know whether to delete this thread, or leave it open for dicsussion (as opposed to discussion in the new thread).

I'll leave them both open for now, but keep new extension suggestions here till we figure out what we're doing Laughing out loud

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Checky

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Easy to use interface to many free and commercial Online Validation and Analysis Services. Validate and analyse HTML, XHTML, CSS, RDF, RSS, XML, WAI, Section 508, P3P, Hyperlinks, Metadata and many more. Adds a context and tools menu.

as a relative novice in the realm of validation, search engine submission and preparedness, coding for high-ranking, etc., i find Checky to be a tool which is both practical, and which helps me to learn the in's and out's of the web dev issues which it exposes.

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IE - Tab

i havent heard anyone talk about this.

you no like?

it's IE-View inside of FF. useful, in my opinion. http://ietab.mozdev.org/

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IE-tab would be a much more useful extension than IEview, if only they could iron out all the bugs Laughing out loud.

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https://addons.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?id=1158&application=firefox

Seems to be a handy accessibility checker. It will flag priority issues where they occur on the page with a useful description.

This is my big chance . . . yep, I blew it . . .

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NoScript & Dictionary Tooltip

NoScript:

WEB DEV RELEVANCY:
Conditionally Disables Javascript

USEFUL FOR:
Accessibility checks.
Easily View Docs w/ or w/out javascript (or flash, etc.) enabled. Could help a developer decide whether he or she will use javascript (or flash objects) on a page.

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Perhaps more easily implemented than, other more advanced script-control extensions, such as Greasemonkey. NoScript is very easy to install and use-- all .js is automatically disabled after NoScript is installed, yet can be enabled w/ a simple right-click, as in "Always allow csscreator.com" or "Temporarily allow microsoft.com", etc. NOTE: some favorite web sites of course will become "broken", therefore requiring the user to check the NoScript icon (status bar) for script blocking on that "broken" page, in which case the site is easily "un-broken" w/ a simple right click, as previously stated.

This is also a must-have for anyone who is concerned about browser security; among the most popular Extensions available.

Dictionary Tooltip:

WEB DEV RELEVANT:
Double-click to access a selection of on-line references such as dictionary.com, etc. Double-clicked word is defined in small pop-up.

USEFUL FOR:
Proofreading docs before publishing.

User Commentary:
Someday, i'll go back and scan my currently published material-- i've received feedback from viewers stating "you have a spelling error on the page ___ ! Don't you use a spell checker?". this Extension will likely boost productivity during that process.

satisfies my own obsession w/ the dictionary.

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Thanks for those two, Jeff Laughing out loud Am I right in thinking that noscript would also block a lot of adverts that rely on javascript? Adblock seems to, would NS do the same?

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Am I right in thinking that noscript would also block a lot of adverts

yes, in fact, it's truly why i have grown an affinity for the extension. however, i felt more appropriate to list the other benefits. here.

for example, to illustrate your particular observation:
i frequent a PHP developers' forum, which apparently uses ads from internet.com. i can choose to unblock the-php-forum-.com while leaving internet.com blocked-- so that "syndicated" content remains out of the page-- quite useful in many situtaions similar, as you might imagine.

i use google adsense on many of my own pages. i don't know if it is quite different from those other types-- perhaps it has to do w/ the fact that the AdSense script is hardcoded into my page-- but whatever the reason, unblocking my domain also unblocks the AdSense. just FYI.

hope that all made sense to answer your question.Smile

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Pretty much, yes Laughing out loud thanks.

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cool!

hey, TPH, i was going to mention this before, but.. well, just didn't want you to get the wrong idea...

but i was wondering-- if you happened to have recorded it-- what are the dates on which you posted the individual must-haves. knowing, because of our previous discussion on the matter, that you occasionally come back to it, add to it, modify, or whatever.

curious because, as we know, extensions are often updated, and realizing that a vast resource such as the one you're created here is not at all easy to maintain as "up-to-date" as possible (especially considering the content), if in fact perhaps you're still using these extensions, or if there might be some new ones that one might prefer over some of those that you've listed, etc. just thought a chronology might help one decide which to try, w/out your need to provide that additional commentary about whether they are "out-of-date" now, etc..

blah, blah... yeah, it's probably as much trouble as anything else. what can ya do.

thanks again for the resource. it's definitely a goodie. i just noticed another i'll add...

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Download StatusBar

if i recall correctly, the following is as per Tyssen's personal recommendation to me months ago.

Download StatusBar
NOTE: limited compatibility w/ FF versions. should use most up-to-date FF version

WEB DEV RELEVANCY:
non-specific.
record which files you've downloaded when archiving or backing up parts of a web site?

Useful For:
In lieu of the Firefox Downloads window, the Download StatusBar places basically the same Tools>Downloads info into the status bar. Helpful for monitoring which files have completely downloaded / are currently downloading w/out changing the window focus. features include "clear all finished", etc...

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one of those extensions that i install before any others upon a fresh install of XP / Firefox. feel lost w/out this "basic necessity". Smile

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Did I not put Download Staturbar int here? I'm sure I did, I use it all the time Laughing out loud

As for the updates/new extensions - I browse TEM and addons.mozilla.org every few days, and browse Asa Dotzler's blog, so I'm quite aware of most new extensions that come out.

I check for updates of rmy extensions every few days, and whenever there's an update, I go through this topic and check the homepage and forums of all of them, to see if there are any updates.

I just never seem to bother updating the title to reflect it Laughing out loud

In fact, I'm gonna check for updates now and update the main topic.

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Done Laughing out loud Updated to adblock plus, too Laughing out loud

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rock, man! you know how Mozilla has categories there at the extensions main page (popular, newest, etc?)? well-- they should have a link to your thread titled "Extensions for Web Geeks & Gurus" or something like that!
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EDIT: hey, Edit CSS! i never heard of that one!
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SearchStatus

SearchStatus is a toolbar extension for users of both Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox, designed for the highly specialised needs of search engine marketers. The toolbar provides extensive search-related information about a site, all conveniently displayed in one discreet and compact toolbar.

For every site you visit using Firefox or Mozilla, SearchStatus lets you view its Google PageRank, Google Category, Alexa popularity ranking, Alexa incoming links, Alexa related links and backward links from Google, Yahoo! and MSN - all in one place. This combined search-related information means you can view not only the link importance of a site (according to Google), but also its traffic importance (according to Alexa), so providing a balanced view of site efficacy.

The SearchStatus Mozilla/Mozilla Firefox extension appears unobtrusively at the bottom of the browser on the status bar. If you choose to view backward links for a particular page, they open in new tabs in the same browser window. Disable the automatic Google and Alexa queries and they fold away from view.

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Sweet, that sound slike a pretty good extension. Thanks roy.

As an aside, should we leave the posts and replies like this, or shall I amalgamate all your replies into the main topic?

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I would think a single collated list would be best, but if it gets too long it'll be cumbersome and will cease to be any good, so only include the very best. You could add this to your post title:

Must-Have Firefox Extensions (as suggested by CSS Forum regulars)

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Will edit, collate and tweak tomorrow. ATM I've just included all of your suggestions. Thanks Laughing out loud

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BetterSearch

BetterSearch (1.9)
Firefox: 0.9.x - 1.6a1
NOTE: reported incompatibility w/ Greasemonkey

WEB DEV RELEVANCY:
(see also: the Head Pineapple's commentary on GooglePreview, above)
Research:
Enhance your search engine productivity with customizeable thumb-view of page results.

Useful For:
perusing, with a slightly more educated guess, those pages resulting from your search.
the "forward" and "back" thumbs are great if you've ever aimlessly followed the bunny trail w/out any remarkable breadcrumbs to find your way back "home"

Description ⇔ addons.mozilla.org:

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An extension for Firefox which enhances Google (all international flavours, too), MSN Search, Yahoo Search, A9, Answers.com, AllTheWeb, Dogpile.com, del.icio.us and Simpy.com bookmarks by adding previews (thumbnails) and Amazon product images and info (type, price, rating) as well as "Open in New Window", "Site Info", "Wayback Machine" links and a Quick Preview feature to the search results. Supports anonymization of all Alexa.com thumbnail calls. Until v1.7, BetterSearch was named McSearchPreview.

User Commentary
upon discovering TPH's GooglePreview suggestion, i was impressed and tought it indeed a "must have". then i stumbled upon BetterSearch which not only provides thumbs for all of the SE's listed in the desc. above, but also introduced me to the WayBack Machine which, à la Mr. Peabody and co., shows multiple page-views based on an ordered chronology. haven't tried SiteInfo feature yet, and others are n/a to me

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Thanks Jeff, that sounds like a much more useful and must-have extension that just a googlepreview image. I especially like the amazon bit at the top Laughing out loud

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Reveal - NOT BetterSearch - a correction*

i realized a while ago, and i've been meaning to clarify this (because that's just the kind of thoughtful, considerate, good natured chap that i am... *pat*pat*), but obviously forgot... until just now when i stumbled upon "TabCatalog" (see bottom)...
In my description above of the FF extension, Better Search (Until v1.7, BetterSearch was named McSearchPreview)

re: the indication that BetterSearch provides thumbnails for the "back" browser button-- i was sadly mistaken-- although i was enjoying that feature along w/ BetterSearch, *it was not because of BetterSearch, but instead that functionality was because i had also installed:

Reveal
(Click to Visit HomePage)
Does What?:
Allows you to "reveal" what's going on in your other tabs, see a Thumbnail of your "Back" history, or to quote the developer:
"...Reveal allows you to see thumbnails of pages in your session history and quickly find the page you want. Reveal also includes a magnifying glass to help you see everything..."

probably the coolest thing about Reveal (and what made me realize i was mistaken about the BetterSearch joint) is that, w/ one "hotkey", you can take a glance at all of your open tabs, and simply click on the thumbnail to go to where you want to be.

TabCatalog - (very similar!)
Testimonial: unavailable! (but my gut feeling is that the former might be better... who knows!...)

EDIT:
i just tested it, and my Reveal-experienced opinion (and trying to be objective here) is that you don't need to bother comparing them-- definitely choose Reveal over TabCatalog, unless i've missed something about TC, it doesn't stack up.

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Just my 2 pennies, but some of the extensions listed have been known to cause some issues and I've noticed off and on, many extensions are crashing Firefox more and more. The mem usage on Firefox is going up also. So if you have any issues with some extensions head over to the Kbase at mozilla.

I have found three that have cause major issues. The latest one seems to be gmail notifier.

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You are right, extensions DO bloat Firefox, and Firefox is notorious for it's memory leaks. However, I use 17 extensions and Firefox 1.5.0.1 and it only rarely crashes, when I have about 15-20 tabs open.

Thanks for the heads-up though, when I update the topic I'll add in about the mem usage Laughing out loud

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In lieu of the updated list here, I don't know whether to delete this thread, or leave it open for dicsussion (as opposed to discussion in the new thread).

I'll leave them both open for now, but keep new extension suggestions here till we figure out what we're doing Laughing out loud

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