Right then. You use Linux or MacOS and have a devil of a time view the sites you create in Internet Explorer. Yeah! Who cares about Internet Explorer anyways. Let’s all develop for Firefox. Great point. You’ll lose the entire Windows market. Because its a (sad, nay unfortunate) truth that most Windows XP users depend on Internet Explorer to browse the web. Don’t be like the IE-centric developers who lock out all other browsers except IE.
And no, you don’t need to invest in a Windows XP box either. Although I know someone who did. And now mumbles how he coulda saved the money.
Instead, use the free IE NetRenderer service. That displays sites as rendered by Internet Explorer 7, 6 and 5.5 separately or together. And unlike other screen shot services, NetRenderer displays results in real-time. No more long waits or reports by email.
NetRenderer offers separate Mixed Overlay and Difference modes helps to identify rendering issues between IE6 and IE7. Images are always displayed at 100% original size. An on screen ruler marks maximum usable viewing widths (including browser scrollbar) for 800×600 and 1024×768 displays.
So neat. And So free. Until Next Time, Stay Safe.