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June 8, 2010 10:09 AM   Subscribe

Safari 5 (on Mac) breaks the post comment box formatting options?

Just noticed after upgrading that the options to link, bold, and italicize are no longer showing up. Just me? Using OS X 10.6.3 and Safari 5.
posted by qwip to Bugs at 10:09 AM (22 comments total)

Me too.
posted by chococat at 10:11 AM on June 8, 2010


yep, broken for me as well. Safari 5, 10.6.3
posted by dhruva at 10:11 AM on June 8, 2010


A perfect opportunity to learn some basic html! Who needs toolbars now?!?
posted by BeerFilter at 10:19 AM on June 8, 2010


I recommend sniffing for Safari 5, then putting up a screen that says "You cannot access MetaFilter until you upgrade to a real browser. Get Internet Explorer 8 here."
posted by davejay at 10:30 AM on June 8, 2010 [1 favorite]


And for those who want to make good without the toolbar in the short term:

Text that turns blue and gets underlined

This text will be italicized

This text will be bold
posted by davejay at 10:31 AM on June 8, 2010


Okay, I'm a moron. Heh.

<a href="http://full.path.to/the/web/page.php">Text that will turn blue and have an underline</a>

<em>This text will be italicized</em>

<strong>This text will be bolded</strong>
posted by davejay at 10:33 AM on June 8, 2010


ok, should be working now.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:36 AM on June 8, 2010


Thanks!
posted by chococat at 11:16 AM on June 8, 2010


pb - out of curiosity, what was the fix?
posted by Artw at 11:27 AM on June 8, 2010


will turn blue

That kind of depends on which style you happen to have chosen in preferences.
posted by Rhomboid at 11:35 AM on June 8, 2010


BTW, the new Reader feature doesn't work very well here either. Not that it should work, but it seems to turn on randomly on some pages, and when it does, the results are pretty crummy. Like sometimes it grabs the next question and shows it as a 2nd page. And it strips out all the comments. I wonder if there is some way to tell Safari that you don't want it to use Reader?
posted by smackfu at 11:38 AM on June 8, 2010


pb, the IMG tag doesn't seem to be working either. Should be a quick fix, thanks!
posted by shakespeherian at 11:57 AM on June 8, 2010 [4 favorites]


what was the fix?

We're doing some user-agent sniffing because the buttons don't work in Safari 2 and below. We just hadn't added version 5 to the "ok" list.

BTW, the new Reader feature doesn't work very well here either.

Sorry about that. I don't know of any way to fix that on our end. If there's some way to disable it on the server side we will.
posted by pb (staff) at 11:58 AM on June 8, 2010


user-agent sniffing

Ah, same as Netflix. That's going to be catching a lot of people then.
posted by Artw at 12:57 PM on June 8, 2010


I thank you for the prompt fixin'. I am fine rolling my own html, but felt like such a second class browsing citizen not having the same tools as Firefox. You have made me whole again.
posted by qwip at 2:04 PM on June 8, 2010


Sorry about that. I don't know of any way to fix that on our end.

Yeah, I wouldn't expect it to work, so I was surprised to see that button popup on AskMe questions. Too bad Apple didn't build in an opt-out.
posted by smackfu at 2:42 PM on June 8, 2010


I wonder if there is some way to tell Safari that you don't want it to use Reader?

Reader is basically directly lifted from Readability (which is under an Apache 2.0 license which fits perfectly into Safari).

People trying to figure out how Safari Reader works.
More people trying to figure out how Safari Reader works.
posted by Talez at 4:10 PM on June 9, 2010


* Setting <p style="display:none;"> for P tags removes them from the count
* Setting display to none, and then showing them 230ms later with Javascript avoided the Reader option too


I can see a lot of ad heavy sites doing this in future... though it might bugger up google indexing/ranking to do that without user agent sniffing.
posted by Artw at 4:15 PM on June 9, 2010


IMHO Google should start running indexing with regular browser user agents.
posted by Talez at 4:22 PM on June 9, 2010


Also, what's the point of trying to disable reader functionality? It only turns on once the page has been loaded, parsed and displayed. You still get the ad impressions.

Trying to deliberately disable the Reader functionality would only make you a massive dick for trying.
posted by Talez at 4:24 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


You think that people who paginate articles to push up ad impressions are above massive dickery?
posted by Artw at 4:32 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


Touché.
posted by Talez at 4:36 PM on June 9, 2010 [1 favorite]


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