View-Source Is Good? Discuss : An essay arguing that the innocuous “View Source” command in all browsers has been one of the keys to driving Web adoption. View Source in the early days meant people could see how things were done and emulate them, thus pushing the entire Web forward.
With that hyper-productive workflow as the background, view-source helps turn the entire web into a giant learning lab, and one that’s remarkably resilient to error and experimentation. See an interesting technique or layout? No one can tell you “no” to figuring out how it was done. Copy some of it, paste it into your document, and you’ll get something out the other side.
If we hadn’t had View Source back then, would things have turned out the same?