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Viewing JSON using JSONView

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Ok this comes under the "stupid" or "obvious" question heading: I have both Firebug and JSONView installed in Firefox.  I can see the JSON in Firebug but it isn't formatted nicely which is why I installed JSONView.

Trouble is, I haven't a clue how to get JSONView to work its magic i.e. bring up a browser page with some nicely formatted JSON data of my choosing.

Again, I'm sure this is blazingly obvious but I just can't figure it out.
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by:Shinesh Premrajan
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http://benhollis.net/software/jsonview/example.json

The advantage of using JSONview is that you can see the JSON as a XML format in browser.Refer this link in FF and you can see the JSON can be seen in plain browser and with in that you can expand and collapse the attributes also.

Hope this helps
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I understand what JSONView does, I want to know how to get it to do it ... in other words, Firebug will show me the JSON response automatically in its console.  Am I to understand that with JSONView, once installed I need to point it to a JSON document for it to work?
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by:Shinesh Premrajan
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i think you are expecting much from the JSONView, this link will better clarify all your doubts.

http://jsonview.com/

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by:max7
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>>>this link will better clarify all your doubts.

check out this from the link you provided:

"Normally when encountering a JSON document (content type "application/json"), Firefox simply prompts you to download the file."

so perhaps it is as I thought: I have to point the browser (like I would a CSS file) to a json document.

If that doesn't make sense, let me know how you personally use (i.e. the steps you take) to view well-formatted JSON.
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Shinesh Premrajan earned 1600 total points
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Yes max7 you thought it right.The advantage of using JSONview is that you can see the JSON as a XML format [expand/collapse of sub sections] in browser.
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