Microsoft’s IE team has made a request for feedback on Twitter. The team is looking at making improvements and adjustments to the F12 developer tools which are built into Internet Explorer. These tools enable developers to debug their code and understand how the browser is processing what they have written.
Internet Explorer gets a bad rap from the developer community for being a horrible and incompatible browser. However a lot of that criticism is targeted at IE6 which even according to Microsoft should be dead and gone. Since the redesign of IE9, Microsoft has been more focused and driven when it comes to delivering a browser which is great for consumers and developers.
One of the issues with IE overall is that it doesn’t use the same rendering engine that most other browsers use. Because IE is unique, developers sometimes have a hard time getting pages to look consistent on IE when compared to browsers like FireFox, Chrome, Opera, and Safari. To make it easier for Developers to find issues and resolve them, Microsoft has invested in the F12 Developer tools.
We’re redesigning the F12 tool navigation in response to your feedback, have a look and tell us what you think! pic.twitter.com/olyrLXG88T
— IE Dev Chat (@IEDevChat) November 5, 2014
These developer tools show a more detailed report of what is happening inside the rendering engine of the browser. Information such as page render time, and response will tell developers how to make changes or exceptions to fix or avoid problems. Now Microsoft is looking for feedback to improve these tools. The IE team has made a handy graphic and tweeted it out to their followers. To submit suggestions there is an email near the bottom which has been set up to receive suggestions.