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Ric Ford

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All Chrome rendered the JPEGs, Safari 11/QuickLook/Preview on El Cap rendered it, and Safari 12/QuickLook/Preview on Sierra and High Sierra all did not render.
Firefox rendered the JPEGs on both macOS Sierra and macOS Mojave. Safari failed to render them on the same systems.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
All Chrome rendered the JPEGs, Safari 11/QuickLook/Preview on El Cap rendered it, and Safari 12/QuickLook/Preview on Sierra and High Sierra all did not render.
Firefox rendered the JPEGs on both macOS Sierra and macOS Mojave. Safari failed to render them on the same systems.
 



This morning while using Safari (El Cap), the tabs suddenly switched from descriptive text names to meaningless icons. How do I make it behave properly where it shows the website description? Suggestions welcome!
 


This morning while using Safari (El Cap), the tabs suddenly switched from descriptive text names to meaningless icons. How do I make it behave properly where it shows the website description? Suggestions welcome!
This morning while using Safari (El Cap), the tabs suddenly switched from descriptive text names to meaningless icons. How do I make it behave properly where it shows the website description? Suggestions welcome!
Safari > Preferences > Tabs > Show website icons in tabs...

Does that fix it?
 


Good idea, Todd. Thank you. Just go to http://www.graphics-stamps.org and click on any of the thumbnail images.
Thank you, Todd! I would never have figured this out myself, having neither the knowledge nor access to Linux. Thanks to Ric and everyone else for the helpful responses.
There are alternatives to Linux.
  • The complex alternative is to install Homebrew and then jpeginfo. One can get detailed results as noted previously.
  • The simpler alternative is to download an image directly, using Safari for example, Control-clicking and selecting "Download Linked File". Attempting to open a 'damaged' image in Preview will result in a error message similar to
Finder/Preview said:
The file "bulgaria0384.jpg could not be opened.
It may be damaged or use a file format that Preview doesn't recognize.
It seems that Postel's law must be tempered by security considerations.
 


Thank you, Todd! I would never have figured this out myself, having neither the knowledge nor access to Linux.
Thanks to Ric and everyone else for the helpful responses.
Larry, I've "repaired" the .jpg files for you [...] (I'll remove the files in a couple days, so please download them before then.)

The "repaired" versions are slightly smaller (totalling 958K instead of 1,185K) and there might be some minor decline in quality because of the double conversion and because both .jpg and .png are "lossy" formats, but I think they should work for you.

I "repaired" them by using El Capitan to download the .jpg files, then opened them in Preview and used "Save As" to save them as .png files. The conversion fixed whatever problem modern versions of macOS are detecting. Then I used "Save As" again to convert the .png files back to .jpg files (so you won't have to change the links to them from .jpg to .png). Probably not the best way to do it (I'm not a graphics expert), but easy to do (with access to an El Capitan machine, anyway : )
 


Just installed the latest Safari, 2.1 (13607.1.40.1.5) - macOS 10.13.6 (17G5019)

In many forums, the already read topics are distinguished in colour/shade etc. Since I installed it, this is working inconsistently. Launch Safari, go to page, old topics are altered. Go to another page, they are not altered. Quit and restart, changes are there, go to a new page, no changes. Anyone else?
 


Using the delete/backspace key to go back one page in Safari stopped working after the macOS 10.14.4 update. Using Onyx or Tinkertool to restore the function has not worked.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Using the delete/backspace key to go back one page in Safari stopped working after the macOS 10.14.4 update. Using Onyx or Tinkertool to restore the function has not worked.
I can confirm this issue in Safari 12.1 on my macOS 10.12.6 system, but Delete/Backspace jumps back a page in Firefox 60.6.1esr.

The same is true in macOS Mojave 10.14.4.

Apple did not document this change in its update notes.
 



My hyperlinks don't change color anymore after visiting a site, but the sites show up in History and the click-hold back button pop-up list. I have a little custom list of links hosted on a personal site and now can't see where I've visited. Safari 12.1 on macOS 10.12.6.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
My hyperlinks don't change color anymore after visiting a site...
Color change for visited links is working for me with Safari 12.1 in macOS 10.12.6 on the MacInTouch home page (where they turn from blue to purple after being clicked). But behavior is like you describe - not changing color - on these MiT Community pages. I'm not sure what the difference is, but the MacInTouch Home Page is simple, static HTML.
 


... Now more confused than ever, I'm using both a private window of my small list of links (MacInTouch, CNN, NPR, etc.) and a normal window. Erased all history and cookies. Now the normal window won't change color when a site is visited, but the private window changes link colors on the sites I visited in the normal window. More testing in order.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
... Now more confused than ever, I'm using both a private window of my small list of links (MacInTouch, CNN, NPR, etc.) and a normal window. Erased all history and cookies. Now the normal window won't change color when a site is visited, but the private window changes link colors on the sites I visited in the normal window. More testing in order.
Here's what I'm seeing:
[See update below...]
 


Firefox and iCab, like Safari, show no visited status for links on dynamically generated pages, e.g
https://www.macintouch.com/community/index.php?threads/ssd-fusion-and-flash-drives.777
or
https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT209085#52
I think this is due to MacInTouch Community’s CSS. When I added
CSS:
:visited {color: purple !important;}
to my Mozilla browser’s userContent.css, then visited links became purple. You might want to experiment with it. Note there are some weird gotchas about how pseudo-classes interact.
 


Ric Ford

MacInTouch
I think this is due to MacInTouch Community’s CSS...
You're completely right. I couldn't find it in the interminable maze of XenForo standard settings but I added an override to match the MacInTouch home page style, and that seems to be working fine now. Thanks for your help!

Weirdly, however, I'm now experiencing the same kind of bizarre behavior seen by G Louie, where pages that didn't show visited link status before in Safari 12.1 now do show that status. And I didn't change anything in Safari. (Is there some kind of weird hidden cache somewhere that's having these effects?)
 



Ric Ford

MacInTouch
Finally. I don't know how many times I've spent a lot of effort on a web form, pressed delete to correct a typo, and had Safari unexpectedly go to the previous page, losing all of my work.
Let's try that here... I'm typing a reply to your message in the editor box in Firefox, and now I'll hit backspace/delete... and nothing happens. I'm still typing. So it's OK here, at least.

After completing my editing and post, I typed backspace/delete, and Firefox went to the previous page, but there was nothing to lose at that point.
 


Backspace as a shortcut to the "back" button also exists in Firefox, but you can disable this functionality with a quick about:config hack, which I always do.

I'm sick of backspace changing pages on me when I thought I was typing in a text box. And besides, I always use Command-left [arrow or bracket] and Command-right [arrow or bracket] for back/forward operations, so I really have no need for any other keystrokes to do this.
 


Color change for visited links is working for me with Safari 12.1 in macOS 10.12.6 on the MacInTouch home page (where they turn from blue to purple after being clicked). But behavior is like you describe - not changing color - on these MiT Community pages. I'm not sure what the difference is, but the MacInTouch Home Page is simple, static HTML.
It's working for me as well using the latest update to Safari and macOS 10.12.6. By the way, I never even knew you could use the delete key to jump to the previous page. Thanks for the tip.
 


Finally. I don't know how many times I've spent a lot of effort on a web form, pressed delete to correct a typo, and had Safari unexpectedly go to the previous page, losing all of my work.
Semi-releated…I threw my Magic Mouse in the trash several years ago after one too many instances of swiping the wrong way and having this exact same thing happen to me. Absolutely insane.

I know it can be disabled, but the fact that it was on by default and I fell victim several times before figuring out what was going on sealed its fate. I get along just fine with a standard-issue mouse.
 


It's working for me as well using the latest update to Safari and macOS 10.12.6. By the way, I never even knew you could use the delete key to jump to the previous page. Thanks for the tip.
I essentially only use Firefox, although sometimes I use multiple versions at once via a simple hack, and I was not aware of using the "Delete" key as a back page key either. But since I'm on a 2011 MacBook Pro, I just use the OS X standard of a 3-finger swipe to the left to go back a page. And, of course, the 3-finger swipe to the right takes you one page forward. If you are not on a laptop with a trackpad, this would be moot.
 


My hyperlinks don't change color anymore after visiting a site, but the sites show up in History and the click-hold back button pop-up list. I have a little custom list of links hosted on a personal site and now can't see where I've visited. Safari 12.1 on macOS 10.12.6.
I reported this here a day or so ago. It works for the first page after restarting Safari but not for subsequent pages. Kinda irritating if you are Reddit denizen (don't judge me).
 


I can confirm this issue in Safari 12.1 on my macOS 10.12.6 system. The same is true in macOS Mojave 10.14.4. Apple did not document this change in its update notes.
I may be squarely in the minority here, but I can't find the words to say how glad I am for this change, undocumented or otherwise.

I cannot overstate how many times I thought I clicked in a text field to delete some text, only to discover that I hadn't... when the page suddenly and unexpectedly changed before my eyes. So very frustrating. Good riddance! ;)

I don't mean to offend anyone or their personal navigational preferences, but I have a very hard time seeing this "feature" as anything other than a shining example of bad UI design. I do agree that the Backspace should allow backward navigation – when used with a modifier key.

At the very least, a checkbox to toggle the behavior wouldn't be so much to ask! Then everyone can be happy, no matter their preference.
 


I'm sick of backspace changing pages on me when I thought I was typing in a text box. And besides, I always use Command-left [arrow or bracket] and Command-right [arrow or bracket] for back/forward operations, so I really have no need for any other keystrokes to do this.
I've noticed this very frustrating backspace behavior much more frequently in recent months, particularly in Firefox, and especially since all of my G Suite accounts have finally migrated to the "new" Gmail interface.

On a couple of occasions, the backspace problem has happened in the middle of typing a sentence, and I am reasonably sure I did not accidentally click outside the text entry box. I've been wondering if there is something going on with the new Gmail, or perhaps with an adblocker causing problems with loading code, but I haven't invested the time to figure it out. Thanks for the about:config hack; now I can just avoid the problem, rather than investing/wasting the time to figure out the underlying problem.

(I don't recall if there was a lot of discussion here about the "new" Gmail web interface that was rolled out to consumers and eventually G Suite customers last year. It adds a couple of small, useful features, at the cost of being much heavier, less reliable, and slower to load than the old interface, especially on older machines. It drives me nuts that webmail might be the requirement that leads to the replacement/retirement of otherwise perfectly serviceable machines.)
 



A new temporary signing certificate for the extensions has been issued, and is being pushed out via the Normandy update system as of 7am ET.

If you can't wait for it to show up (it didn't happen for me even though about:config says I have Normandy enabled), you can get it straight away by going to Firefox Preferences > Privacy and Security > Allow Firefox to send technical and interaction data to Mozilla > Allow Firefox to install and run studies.

Within a few seconds my extensions were back. This can be turned off again, if you like, once the extensions are back.
 


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