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Entering text in messages, etc.

Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by Lpatrick, Mar 2, 2011.

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    Sometimes when I attempt to type in a message box the cursor does not appear. Seems the iPads OS tries to restrict interface with web sites is through pure iPad apps. Any thoughts on this situation?
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    A number of people in the Forum have noticed this with Safari. Other browsers don’t seem to suffer.

    I’ve never experienced the problem myself - col.bris (Super Moderator) suggested, tongue-in-cheek, I hope, that I must have a faulty iPad and should return it to the store immediately!!

    I should say that frequently I can’t enter text first tap. But if I tap a second time, up pops the keyboard. So, at least, if double slow tap does’t work (i.e don’t activate Safari zoom gesture) then at least you’re in good company....

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    There are protocols that the mobile version of Safari does not support. Java applets (as opposed to Java script) and Flash are the two biggest. When web pages use these, Safari won't work as expected.

    Also, sometimes even the code that is supported does not work exactly the same on all browsers. If the web developer did not check for mobile browser and/or mobile Safari compatibility, and tweak it for problems, things can sometimes be glitchy, or not work at all.

    Thankfully this second problem is becoming rarer as more and more developers start using tools to check their pages against all the popular browsers, including mobile ones. They are also doing a better job of following the standards. The popularity of third party browsers is to thank for that. When IE was 90% of the user base, developers seldom felt a need to test against anything else.

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