Mozilla. You've heard of it. Some love it. Some hate it. I submit that folks who deride it lack some fundamental information about it.
For example, I'm sure many a web developer out there has heard of zvon.org. What you may not have known is that if you go to zvon.org's sidebar page, you can put a quick reference to DOM2, CSS2, XSLT, XSL-FO, SVG, MathML, etc. right into your browser. I have to admit, even though I found the default search sidebar and "what's related" somewhat interesting back in the early days of Mozilla 1.0, I browsed with the sidebar disabled 100% of the time. It just didn't warrant day-to-day usage and lacked any feature I couldn't live without.
I'm sure that individuals will point out the links on the page that add Opera hotlinks. Still others will note that bookmarks serve much the same purpose. The zvon.org resource merely opened the floodgates. While flipping through all of my new-found treasures in the sidebar, I noticed the DOM Inspector tab. For those of you unfamiliar with the DOM Inspector, you are in for a treat.
With it you can:
- Highlight the current node
- Find an element by id
- Find an element by attribute
- View the style of an element
- Right click on an element an choose "inspect in new window"
- ...and on it goes
I can personally attest to the value of tabs for comparing what a page looks like now as compared to five minutes ago or the live version to a development version. Drop in Composer, which gives WYSIWYG editing with FTP and WebDAV publishing support, and you have a formidable web development swiss army knife.
And was it noted that Mozilla renders the same on every platform? Don't get me wrong. When folks who aren't web developers ask which browser to use, I point them to Safari, IE, Opera, Phoenix, and their ilk. But I'm talking to the web developers out there: the ones who bounce back and forth between multiple browsers during testing, the ones moving that logo over three pixels on the page, the ones who know what the W3C stands for.
Now instead of asking why you should use Mozilla, ask yourself what your reasons were for not using Mozilla?