Hats off to Hong Jen Yee.
Forget catching tigers by the tail — this clever coder and friends have put together an extension able to tame the might of Internet Explorer within a humble Firefox tab. Magic.
Operation is as simple as it gets.
- Install it
- Go to a site
- Right click and scroll to ‘View this page in IETab’
Like the eminently useful IEView, the extension automatically launches IE and loads your URL into it, only with IETab this all happen neatly contained within a Firefox tab. In fact, the only evidence that tells you you’re not using the Gecko engine to view the page is the tell-tale IE icon on the tab.
Yes, it’s a little thing, even a simple thing but if you’ve spent any serious time debugging browser bugs, the simplicity of flipping between tabs rather than entire applications can’t be under-estimated.
IETab also give you the ability to add sites to a list of URLs you want to always view in IE. Handy for those dodgy bank sites that get grumpy if you’re not using IE.
As far as I know, this is the first release, so you could expect to see some polish with the interface as it develops, but I think it’s a great start.
We are not worthy.
And the greatest chuckle? IE now has tabbed browsing in Firefox before it has it natively.