> FWIW, I've been banging the drum (but not my editor, alas) on a > "domshell" for some time: it'd let you load a page, construct the DOM, > and whack at it with script, without requiring a window or the > rendering system or the rest of the browser. Would need to > parameterize things like window size and so forth, but I think it > would carve deeply into the cycle time for developers working on > content features, and probably help with our automated test time, too. > > Yes. This.
It's worth noting that the details matter. I know we devs tend to think of ourselves as very practical and rationally minded, but the longer I make stuff the more I am convinced that an emotional feeling of using these tools is crucial to a happy developer. So let's get some ideas, and I'll be happy to file some bugs!