Safari Compatibility

February 12, 2004 at 8:16 pm | Posted in Macintosh | Leave a comment

My credit card company recently switched to CheckFree for online bill paying. As you can guess, my favorite browser (Phoenix aka Firebird aka Firefox) is not supported. I suggest to CheckFree that they get with the program and support modern browsers instead of that crap they call MSIE. Anyways, back to my dilemma – I fired up Apple’s Safari, turned on the debug menu, switched my User Agent to “Windows MSIE 6.0” and was able to successfully pay my bills. The debug menu trick is well known, but here’s a cool feature that Apple added — when you quit and restart Safari, the User Agent reverts back to Safari. This is good news since it allows us to switch to MSIE mode to fool Windows-only sites, but when we quit and restart, we go back to our default User Agent, which will let websites know of the growing numbers of Safari users out there. Good programming by Apple to improve Safari support. I wonder if the User Agent reverts back to Safari after being idle for a few minutes or when going to sleep?

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