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5 Days, 2 OSes and 3 different browsers

Posted by Steven Kennedy on February 9, 2011


So it’s been 5 days that the Comments capability on my iWeb/MobileMe blog has been working. I’ve now tried it out using the following computer OSes and browsers;

  • Windows 7 and IE 8, Firefox 3.6.11
  • Windows 7 and IE 9 Beta
  • OS X 10.6.6 and Safari 5.0.3, Firefox 3.6.13

All of these are working.

I also did a search to see if anyone, Apple?, had posted anything about any changes to either iWeb or MobileMe that would indicate that they’d done something to fix the problem but I didn’t find anything. Guess I get to keep an eye on it for a while.

If the Comments continue to work through the rest of this week then I’ll revert my iWeb/MobileMe sites’ Welcome page, rather than having it do a re-direct to this blog.

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4 Days and counting

Posted by Steven Kennedy on February 8, 2011


Good and bad Comment dialog boxes

First posted on my MobileMe blog here

It’s been something like four days now with the iWeb Comments capability working. It was failing after something like 8-24 hours before. You can read my trials and tribulations with the MobileMe/iWeb Comments capability on previous posts; Comments not working and Problem with iWeb/MobileMe Comments.

last week I contacted MobileMe support to talk with them about the problem, using chat. I explained what it was that I was seeing and what I’d found out, as I’ve detailed in the post Problem with iWeb/MobileMe Comments. I was informed that MobileMe is only a hosting facility and that the functionality, or lack there of, was an iWeb issue. So I tried to get iWeb support only to find out that iWeb support is tied to your hardwares support. If you don’t have support for your Mac you don’t get to talk with a tech support rep, sort of.

There was an option to dispute this, which I checked and gave them a phone number that they could call be back on, which they did pretty promptly, 10-15 minutes as I recall. I talked with the rep on the phone and explained the issue and she explained that I’d have to pay to talk to a tech support rep, or I could use their Feedback mechanism, which is what I ended up doing. If you go to http://www.apple.com/feedback/iweb.html you can provide feedback to Apple about iWeb. In this case I reported a ‘bug’, the problem with the Comment dialog box not formatting and working properly. I included the information I’d cleaned about the differences in source code, detailed in the post Problem with iWeb/MobileMe Comments.

That was on or about Wednesday of last week, the 2nd February. Since then my Comment dialog box when using Safari, Firefox and IE has been working okay. Perhaps I’m getting lucky and only hitting those servers with the ‘good’ source code, or perhaps the iWeb team has found and fixed the problem? We can live in hope.

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Problem with iWeb/MobileMe Comments

Posted by Steven Kennedy on February 1, 2011


First posed on my MobileMe blog.

I’ve having problems with the Comments feature of iWeb/MobileMe. That is, using iWeb to create and manage a web site, including a blog, on MobileMe, at http://web.me.com/stevenjkennedy/Steven_JW_Kennedy

Seems that whenever anyone, well me, goes to the site and tries to add a comment to a Blog entry it’s hit or miss as to whether or not I’ll be able to add a comment.

A previous post, Comments not working!, provides details as to what I’m seeing, along with some screen shots. Now, I’ve been able to look at the source for both a ‘good’ comment and a ‘bad’ comment. That is, the pop-up that displays both when the comment functionality works and when it doesn’t.

I captured the source in both cases and then did a comparison and found a number of differences, which I’ve shown below. I’ve also taken this information and provided back to Apple via the iWeb Feedback site.

What I’ve seen is a number of places where the ‘bad’ version of the source shows the use of “/WebObjects” as part of a URL. The ‘good’ comment source code doesn’t have this as part of the URL. In addition there where three other differences between the ‘good’ source and the ‘bad’ source. I’ve included them below as well. Click on the image to display a enlarged version

One wonders at the differences. Give the likelihood of MobileMe having multiples servers and internet access points, for redundancy and load balancing,  what’s the possibility that one or more of those servers hasn’t been updated properly, especially in the light of Apples move from Mac.com to web.me.com?

I’ve put the text version of the differences between the two source files for a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ comment. Due to the constraints of iWeb I wasn’t able to insert it as a text table, as is shown in the image above. I’ve highlighted the difference in the ‘Bad’ source by highlighting it in red.

Please note! that some of the lines below extend to the right and might be truncated on your screen. This blog theme doesn’t support horizontal scrolling bars. Switch to full screen, or reduce the browser zoom factor to see all of the text.

Line No  9

Good’ Source: <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/Comments.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/English.lproj/styles/ComposeComment.css">

Bad’ source: <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="/WebObjects/Comments.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/English.lproj/styles/ComposeComment.css">

Line No  27

Good’ Source: <SCRIPT language=JavaScript src="/Comments.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/composeComment.js"></SCRIPT>

Bad’ source: <SCRIPT language=JavaScript src="/WebObjects/Comments.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/composeComment.js"></SCRIPT>

Line No 34

Good’ Source: src="/Comments.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/English.lproj/images/comments_header.gif">

Bad’ source: src="/WebObjects/Comments.woa/Contents/WebServerResources/English.lproj/images/comments_header.gif">

Line No 73

Good’ Source: <div class="leftcolumn"><img src="/i/ma/1/spacer.gif" height="26" width="1" alt="" border="0"><br><div id="verificationImage"><img name="iv" width="188" height="45" id="iv" border="0" src="/WebObjects/Comments.woa/32/wr?wodata=7946055742852725589"></div></div>

Bad’ source: <div class="leftcolumn"><img src="/i/ma/1/spacer.gif" height="26" width="1" alt="" border="0"><br><div id="verificationImage"><img name="iv" width="188" height="45" id="iv" border="0" src="/WebObjects/Comments.woa/47/wr?wodata=-6995371556710623281"></div></div>

Line No 87-89

Good’ Source: <div class="SeparatorBottom"><img src="/i/ma/1/spacer.gif" height="1" width="1" alt="" border="0"></div>

<input type="hidden" value="" name="s_wJmF">

<a href="javascript:authenticate(‘s_wJmF’)" style="text-decoration: none;">

Bad’ source: <div class="SeparatorBottom"><img src="/i/ma/1/spacer.gif" height="1" width="1" alt="" border="0"></div>

<input type="hidden" value="" name="s_llJU">

<a href="javascript:authenticate(‘s_llJU‘)" style="text-decoration: none;">

 

Line No 94 & 95

Good’ Source: <script>var res = 24*4;

document.authform.s_wJmF.value = ”+res;

Bad’ source: script>var res = Math.max(Math.sqrt(3*27), Math.ceil(9.01));

document.authform.s_llJU.value = ”+res;

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