Posts tagged ‘safari’

Deleting Safari cookies via AppleScript

Generally speaking, I don’t mind it when websites set cookies in my browser. They provide a degree of continuity that the otherwise stateless web wouldn’t have, and that’s convenient for many types of website. But sometimes cookies either get in the way or are an unnecessary intrusion. It’s relatively easy in Safari to delete the…


Saving browser tab sets

I often find myself in the middle of some online research with several browser tabs open. I need to stop and move on to something else, but I want to be able to return to my current browser state a day or two from now. I’m going to be using the browser for other things…


What’s wrong with the Safari omnibar

… is basically the same thing that’s wrong with Chrome’s omnibar. With Safari 6, Apple changed from separate address and search fields to a single field, which is fine with me. I don’t think it’s the huge improvement many do, but I have no objection to it. What I object to is the behavior of…


The Safari 6 URL crisis

There’s a small crisis spreading across that part of the Mac world that’s upgraded to Mountain Lion and/or Safari 6. The crisis has been triggered by this behavior: when you enter search terms in the omnibar and go to the Google results page, the search terms don’t get replaced by the URL of the Google…


Small fonts and lost memories

While I’m on the topics of font size and Safari extensions, here’s an embarrassing little story: One evening, I was looking at my bookmarks at Pinboard, and the font size seemed really small. I’d visited the site earlier in the day and hadn’t noticed anything amiss, so I figured there was a change to the…


Some Safari 6 stuff

Last night I upgraded Safari on my MacBook Air to version 6 and today I did the same on my iMac. Both are still running Lion. I had a couple of problems with the way the new Safari ran, but they were both solved quickly by friendly people on Twitter. First, Apple has removed the…


Swiping and scrolling

A brief complaint—probably not original—about how two-finger swiping works in Safari: In case you’re wondering, yes, I do know that I can use System Preferences to turn off the “Swipe between pages” behavior. But I don’t want to turn it off; I just want it to be smarter and not interfere with horizontal scrolling. Update…


AppleScript browser tab weirdness

I was playing around with an AppleScript tonight and ran into an odd bug when trying to write a script that worked whether my default browser was Safari or Chrome. It happens when I use a variable to hold the browser’s application ID—com.google.chrome, for example—and try to access any information about its tabs. For example,…


Footnote popup interference

Last week I saw this announcement, written by Hans Petter Eikemo and retweeted by John Siracusa: @siracusa You can now read footnotes in in peace. http://t.co/H3ZySKU (Announcing the Footnotify Chrome and Safari extension)10:57 AM Tue Aug 16, 2011@hpeikemo Hans Petter Eikemo Eikemo is the developer of Footnotify, a Chrome and Safari extension for showing footnotes…


Safari 5.1 and math

Lost in all the Lion hubbub is Safari 5.1’s new MathML renderer. As someone who occasionally puts equations on his web site1, I’ve been looking forward to this. A few weeks ago I downloaded a build of WebKit, the experimental browser that’s sort of a Safari test bed, to get a sense of how polished…