'View Source for Safari' Allows You to View Web Page Source Code on Your iPad
One of the beloved features of any full-blown desktop Web browser is the ability to view the page source. The page source feature allows you to view the HTML code behind the Web site you’re viewing. Mobile Safari on the iPhone and iPad does not include this feature, but with a new free jailbreak tweak dubbed View Source for Safari
by iOS developer Árpád Goretity
, you can now have the ability to view a Web page’s source code whenever you like.
Shown above is an example of what the tweak looks like when you use it. The source code is written on a very wide-open white space that takes up the whole screen and is typed in code-like courier new font because it’s a classic for coding. At the top of the interface you have two buttons – one on the left and one on the right – the right one being “Done” for exiting the interface and the left one being “Print” for printing the Web page’s source code on an AirPrint-enabled printer from your iPad.
To show the Web page's source code, you must tap on the Action button at the top of the Mobile Safari Web browser and a prompt will appear just like the one below:
The prompt has two buttons – “View Source” and “Details.” Tapping on the View Source button will open the Web page’s source code interface as explained earlier and tapping on the Details button will show the normal options that you see when you normally tap on the Action Button in Mobile Safari, such as adding the page to your home screen, bookmarking it, or adding it to your reading list.
Unfortunately the tweak is only for the iPad, but a tweak like this would be wonderful to have the iPhone or iPod touch too (developers, are you getting this?). The tweak could serve useful for anyone interested in Web design that wants to learn more about the HTML code behind Web sites; Web developers may also find it useful.
View Source for Safari has no options to configure. Since the tweak is free and seamlessly adds useful functionality to iOS' native Web browser, I’d have to say this tweak is worth grabbing.
View Source for Safari
iPad, iOS 5
Developer: Árpád Goretity