[TxMt] Options for real time css develpment
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Sat May 2 23:47:22 UTC 2009
Like it or not, I end up having to detract for writing code, and work
with css. I started using Tm for this the other day. Great auto
complete in the css markup, that truly is a time saver.
I see a lot of people use FireBug to open a css file left side,
browser on right, and start seeing in real time their changes. This
is probably the best way to do CSS dev IMO, not refreshing a page and
seeing it happen in real time is a real time saver.
I am not a huge fan of FireFox, or Firebug, and it is not a solid
solution, you can not save, there are some deficiencies.
Apple's Web Inspector tool gets me part there, but you can only edit
CSS in their fields, can not get raw access to a file.
I see in TM I can do a "Show Web Preview", which is pretty nice. It
is not pure real time. Why is this? Why can something like FireBug
do real time updates, but TM is more on a schedule? Not knocking it,
I am genuinely curious about the technical aspects of how this is
The trouble is, I do not want to do inline CSS editing, I want to edit
the references CSS file. If I open a html file, which has a link to
a .css file, make change to the .css file, the .html file that is open
in the web preview is not updated. I have to toggle back to the .html
file, make a space or other change, and then I see the update.
Any other way to trigger the update from the linked file?
TM also only works on local files. If I am working on a remote file
over ssh/ftp all image links will be broken, so something as simple as
<img src="icons/blue.png" /> which would load in a browser just fine,
will be broken in the web preview.
Any suggestions to get out of the change/save/switch/reload cycle that
is going to give me carpal tunnel syndrome soon enough.
I am going to look at CSSEdit as some others have suggested, but I
really do not want to add another huge dev tool to the list of things
I need to learn, and I am already 110% happy with hose TM auto
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