It's been a busy week in the office, not really being helped by the air-con packing in! Don't fear though, the weekly round-up didn`t suffer as a result and we've got some cracking links this week. Enjoy!
Everyone who's ever designed for the web will know that cross browser testing can be a right pain in the a**, especially for those just learning the ropes of CSS. Luckily there are a range on-line services such as browsercam which will allow you to submit a URL and in return receive real-time screenshots of how your masterpiece displays (or doesn`t!) in all the top browsers and across multiple operating systems. Now this is all great, but it comes at a price (often quite a steep one). Adobe is now poised to shake up the market a bit with its (currently) free new tool - Browserlab.
"Now with Adobe BrowserLab, designers have a simple solution that enables comprehensive browser compatibility testing in just a matter of minutes, leaving Web designers with more time to be creative and deliver the high-impact sites customers are demanding."
Lea Hickman of Adobe
We've only had quick play with it so far but it's pretty cool plus it's awesome onion skin ability allows you to really be pixel perfect with your positioning. I just wonder how they'll price it when it gets an official launch.
On the back of Yahoo!'s YSlow, Google has just released their own open source firefox plugin which provides a nice little speed report for whatever site your viewing. Webmasters and web developers can use it to evaluate the performance of their web pages and to get suggestions on how to improve them. It works by performing several tests on a site's web server configuration and front-end code. These tests are based on a set of best practices known to enhance web page performance. Once the test completes you'll get a set of scores for each page, as well as helpful suggestions on how to improve performance.