How to use the developer tools with Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 release notes

If the developer tools are enabled before resetting Internet Explorer to default settings, the developer tools will not be hidden as expected. To correct this, you can hide the toolbar manually by pressing F12. Pressing F12 again toggles the toolbar back on.

When you use the developer tools, please be aware of the following additional items:

Inspecting HTML elements

  • Contents of an IFRAME cannot be inspected using the HTML tree view if the first child node of the IFRAME is a comment.
  • When using the select element by click command, the selected element is not highlighted if that element already has focus in the HTML tree view of the toolbar.
  • Executing a Jscript command in the address bar will disable the HTML tree in the developer tools. To work around this, refresh the page.
  • Refreshing an RSS feed while using the developer tools will cause the HTML tree to be hidden. To work around this, close and re-open the developer tools.
  • Child HTML elements of OBJECT tags do not appear in the HTML tree view. To work around this, right-click on the page and choose View Source. Then navigate to the line containing the OBJECT tag of interest. Alternatively, load the HTML of the OBJECT tag in a separate browser window and then use the developer tools HTML tree view to examine the source.
  • In the attributes tab of the developer tools, toggling “show read-only properties” disables the ability to add new attributes. To work around this, refresh the page.
  • When working with XML documents, the HTML tree displays the source Internet Explorer uses to render the XML, not the original XML markup. To view the original source, right-click on the page and select View Source.

Debugging CSS styles

  • In the Trace styles tab, displayed styles are calculated using the Internet Explorer 8 standards mode. Switching the Browser or Document Mode will not change the logic used to calculate traced styles.
  • If a page references the same CSS file from two or more style blocks, the CSS tab will display duplicate entries for the file.

Using the Script debugger

  • Although the Script debugger can be used for debugging any engine implementing IActiveScript interfaces (like VBScript), only JScript debugging is supported.
  • We do not recommend that you use the JScript debugger when multiple tabs are open. The behavior in multiple tab scenarios is undefined and could cause the browser to stop responding. To work around this issue, use only one tab per Internet Explorer instance when debugging.
  • When in a breakpoint, changing the Internet Explorer document mode or browser mode will cause the browser to stop responding. To avoid this, change the document mode or browser mode before reaching a breakpoint, or press F5 to continue and then change the document mode or browser mode.
  • When in a breakpoint, Internet Explorer is paused and is waiting for input from the script debugger. Therefore, it does not respond to any user interaction. The Internet Explorer window is not updated, and other developer tools features, such as the HTML and CSS tabs, do not function. This condition occurs because the tools depend on receiving data from Internet Explorer.
  • After you click Start debugging, JScript errors continue to display error dialog boxes. This behavior occurs even if you click Stop debugging. To stop the dialog boxes from appearing, check the box next to Do not show this message again and click No in the Internet Control Panel.
  • Expandos that are added to DOM objects are not shown when you view these objects in Locals and Watch windows.
  • JScript errors may appear in English on non-English operating system installations.
  • If you start script debugging while the developer tools are pinned, the toolbar may hang on Windows XP. To avoid this, unpin the developer tools prior to launching script debugging.

Using the Script profiler

  • Although the Script profiler can be used for profiling any engine implementing IActiveScript interfaces (like VBScript), only JScript profiling is supported.
  • We do not recommend that you use the profiler when multiple tabs are open. The performance data in multiple scenarios could be misleading and incorrect.
  • Source information (URL and line number) is not available if script debugging is disabled in Internet Explorer. To work around this, uncheck the Disable script debugging (Internet Explorer) entry in the Internet Options.
  • When you export a profiler report, the Functions view is shown. All available columns are exported in a default order. This is also the case even if the current view of the report is set to some other view.

Using the default page source viewer

  • When saving a page from the default source viewer that is encoded in Japanese UTF-8/JIS, garbage is appended to the file following the element. To work around this, edit the saved file and remove all content after the tag.
  • When using the default source viewer, screen readers do not properly render source code as a webpage. To work around this, press F7 while focus is in the view source window to turn off caret browsing. Then press ALT+TAB to lose window focus, and then press ALT+TAB again to return focus to the source viewer window.

Diganta Kumar is an experienced Technical Program Manager with a passion for technology. He has architected and developed software for over a decade for a broad range of industries. Diganta is a founder of two online IT businesses. He likes to help, mentor, and manage software development teams to improve and produce great software. He currently works as a Principal Program Manager for Microsoft. Before joining Microsoft, he was with AWS for five years, where he managed large cross-functional programs on a global scale.

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3 comments on “How to use the developer tools with Windows Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 release notes
  1. Ntuthuko says:

    I cant get the development tools to disable in my browser. It pops up every time I open a browser, it could be a new tab but it still shows up.

  2. Ram King says:

    I have a program that embeded itself into my developer tools and pops up everytime i open a new tab. how do i delete this? Thanks

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