META inspector - 1.3.1

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A Google Chrome extension useful to inspect the meta data found inside web pages, usually not visible while browsing.

Meta data is not just the usual HTML meta tags, but the XFN tags, various microformats, the recently introduced canonical attribute, the no-follow links and so on.

This extension is mainly aimed at web developers that need to verify the description tag of their site to follow the Webmasters’ Google Guidelines, but even to who is curious about page contents that are usually not visible, but can reveal interesting site properties.

  • 1.3.1
  • Omiod
  • Developer Builds

More about this extension

Change Log:

1.3 - XFN parsing fixes, inspector styles fix, added "commontags" parsing, custom colors via options page.
1.3.1 - improved a[rel] handling, hide link[archives], fixed refresh bug on unsleected tabs.

Older Versions

  1. Version 1.1
    Compatible With
    Developer Builds

    Change Log:


  2. Version 1.2
    Compatible With
    Developer Builds

    Change Log:

    - Improved visited link style.

    - improved inspector layout
    - iframes count
    - fixed a bug with Google Reader (and maybe other ajax driven sites)


  1. Bruno says:

    This extension make Google Reader crash…

  2. UVL says:

    I’m using it without any problem. What do you mean with crash?
    The entire tab crashes, or Google Reader shows an error?

  3. Bruno says:

    Google reader isn’t loading when the extension is active (using chrome

    Message from reader :

    “This is taking longer than usual. Try reloading the page.

    If that doesn’t work, you can:
    Try using https.
    Try disabling offline support.
    Try logging out.
    Clear your browser cache and try again.
    For more troubleshooting tips, visit the help center.”

    And actually, after 5 minutes content still not loaded and disabling extension make Greader work

  4. UVL says:

    Thank you for the reply, I’ve tried, but can’t see problems with the extension + Reader.
    I’ve added a a support page at Google Code ( ) so users can post issues.

  5. The Truth says:

    Very nice, UVL. TY 🙂

  6. Bruno says:

    I try to search and find where’s the bug and tell you how to repair. But for the moment, I don’t have so much time…

  7. Bruno says:

    I found where the bug is !

    In code.js, line 129-132, there is the following code :
    jQuery(“object”).each(function(i) {

    Extension work when I comment :

    Dunno why for is this code, but it’s where the bug is

  8. Omiod says:

    Bruno you are great!
    That code is needed to fix Flash to not go above the info-box, but if that causes so much problems, I’ll remove it,

    Thanks for spending your time with this extension!

  9. Bruno says:

    Actually, even the fixing code do not seems to work : flash is always display on the top on other websites (trying on a full flash website)… If I found a solution, I’ll post it there.

    I saw in a view-source: display of a webpage the “no meta data on this page.” sentence. It will be great if this kind of url can be ignored

    I hope in the future version of the extension we can also customize css render of visited and no-follow links

    Good luck!


  10. Omiod says:

    After adding some more enhancements, I’ll work on giving as much configuration options as possible, that’s sure, I’ve already some cool idea here.

    The “flash fix” actually works on pages with flash embedded in the “classic” way, not via JS using SWFobject or similar…
    If people embedding flash in sites would just remember to use the “transparent” parameter, the fix would not be needed.

  11. WendyMerritt says:

    This is a great extension but it would be better if we could toggle the screen display on and off. I do not see where this is possible. Sometimes I don’t want it hogging up my lower right corner real estate and obstructing the website from view. LOL


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