Safari Web Inspector for Windows

June 25th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Safari Web Inspector for Windows
I guess it’s no longer news that Safari 3.0 will run on Windows as well as the Mac, as Steve Jobs announced on this year’s WWDC Keynote. The bit that’s really going to be interesting for web developers, however, is that Safari will come along with a new version of Web Inspector, which is basically the Safari counterpart to Firefox’s excellent Web Developer and Firebug extensions. This is great, as Windows users will now have a reliable tool to bugfix CSS/XHTML for Safari. Going by the screenshot, it looks dead sexy, too. Now if someone would come up with something comparable for IE, that would be great (sorry, neither this nor this comes close).

10 Responses to “Safari Web Inspector for Windows”

  1. Cram says:

    Why can’t i get rid of the feeling that you don’t like Microsoft?

  2. Kayzah says:

    IE users are noobs. I hate them.. all.

  3. Jerry says:

    @cram: Why is that? I don’t really see the relation… I report stuff that is relevant to web designers, Safari is one of them. If you’re referring to my mention of the Microsoft developer toolbar, well my opinion has nothing to do with Microsoft per se, the program is just a disaster in terms of usability and usefulness.

  4. Cram says:

    Finally you convinced me – dude

  5. Jerry says:

    Alright, then. ;)

  6. Joel Laumans says:

    Oh that web inspector does look sexy!
    But everyone knows that functionality > looks.
    So lets see how well this will work.


    Maybe you might want to check out CSSVista:

    I’ve downloaded and tried it out a bit (not enough to give a final review of it). It seems a little beta-ish still, but it definitely has potential. A product like this would be king for graphic designers if it were more polished.

  7. Jerry says:


    Thanks for the tip but CSSvista isn’t quite what I meant. I need a tool that offers pretty much the debugging features Web Developer and Firebug do. I’m not really looking for an editor but rather a tool that can help me pinpoint problems in my xhtml / css.

  8. joao says:

    And it’s all done in html/javascript allowing you to even use it to inspect itself.

    It includes more nice features then network view, css styles inspector, code browsing and hints to improve performance and your code.

    For instance it marks the javascript problems (eg. missing declarations of vars, unknown vars, files who did not got imported..) and gives hints about how the sever served your pages (eg. your server could gzip this page for better use of bandwidth).

    It’s a great tool when it comes to inspect a website.

    Safari also brings drossera a javascript debugger for real, but such app I dont know if comes for windows too. it attachs to the safari process and monitor javascript been ran.

  9. Jerry says:

    @joao: Thanks for the extra info!

    eg. your server could gzip this page for better use of bandwidth

    Hehe, actually, I used to gzip the pages, but I’ve implemented a few Digg-protection features such as WP-Cache, which requires gzip to be turned off.

  10. joao says:

    Some scripts have problems with gziped pages. By scripts I refer to some RSS readers too and some other applications. I have found myself in trouble when using gzip too.

    Anyway I was not complaning about position absolute ;) it renders fast for me even in my slow connection.

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