This is much more efficient than having to click every single parent element, one by one, starting with the opening HTML tag before I can even see the element I want to examine.
I always just use the search functionality to go right to the element I want, but whatever works for you, I guess.
Also, the chart's color coding tells you the exact type of element each containing element is, just by looking to the element's left. With DI, you're forced to follow one of many dashed gray lines up, usually while scrolling, in order to read the tag. Far too easy to lose your place. And you have to repeat this process for each and every containing element. Ridiculously cumbersome.
I don't really understand this objection. Nesting is not difficult to see at a glance.
In a chart, you can collapse any one of those containing elements from the same place in the viewport, no scrolling up to click on its tiny "-".
I've never considered "clicking" to be extremely difficult.
While I agree the flashing border on the chosen element is a feature the chart doesn't have, I've never found it to be useful because you have to click the icon to activate that feature every time.
Ummm. It's a menu option, actually. And it's activated by default for me. I've never had to activate it manually.
There are several other extensions which do a much better job of providing that shortcut to an element's code equivalent. (firebug, aardvark, platypus, to name a few)
Good for them.
There are a lot of requests for DI improvements and hopefully they will happen soon. Otherwise, I think users will keep abandoning it for more useful extensions.
Hey, look pal, I wasn't trying to step on your favorite thing here. But I looked at this extension, and I like DI better. Perhaps you don't. There's room in the world for more than one thing, you don't need to get all defensive just because I don't like something that you do.