The new developer tools window of IE 11 is great looking but it is confusing at best to start with. The most important part of the developer tool is the emulator selection of previous versions but sadly it’s the last option in the left navigation options of the devTools.
Yes after using the devTools, one can say how useful it is and where certain options are located, but the start off is just as how things were with Windows 8 beta. The not knowing of what keys or buttons to press is frustrating.
Ah I wish a day when, designing and maintaining a website will not require a forever testing of every possible combination of systems and the browsers.
One good thing I notice in the new Emulation is that, it now allows a laundry list of combinations to test out and the user agent string is a long list:
- Internet Explorer 10
- Internet Explorer 9
- Internet Explorer 8
- Internet Explorer 7
- Internet Explorer 6
- IE 10 – Windows Phone 8
- IE 9 – Windows Phone 7
- IE – Xbox
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Apple Safari (iPad)
- Bing Bot
Using the combination of user agent string with browser profile and display options will really make it easy to test the website’s now, as there is much more surety of how the application will look rather than booting up all possible hardware's only to learn the bugs or what not to fix.
The developer tool is very important part of my testing assets, including the Firefox firebug.