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Re: Support for Mac OS browsers...

Hi Roland,
Roy Mendelssohn in our group has done some testing of LAS with Mac OS browsers, and has these comments for you about what he's found:

1. Safari - The error you get if you are using Safari is that you must have a browser that supports java. Now Safari does support Java. There was a thread on this in one of the Apple mail lists, and a lot of apps check for the presence of java based on the version number of the browser, as all the existing browsers up till then (IE, Netscape) included java at version 4. Safari is at version 1, so it gets rejected. I can't tell if Live Map will work with Safari, because it gets rejected before it can do anything with it

2. Live Map - If you open a Java window in any of the other Mac browsers, you get the same Java error when Live Map tries to load, and this is why it stops loading and/or crashes. I don't know java, but I would be curious to know if this is because the java on the Mac is incomplete or incorrect, or if the mac implementation is actually following standards and there is something in Live Map that is let slip by in other versions of Java but is technically an error? If it is the former, I have some contacts at Apple, and if what is wrong can be isolated or explained to me, I would be happy to pass it on.

I too would love to see LAS compatible with OS X. In fact, I would love it if both the LAS and Ferret could run under OS X.

-Roy Mendelssohn
Roy Mendelssohn
Pacific Fisheries Environmental Group
1352 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2097

At 6:12 PM -0700 1/21/03, Roland Schweitzer wrote:
Hi Folks,

We've just begun our experimentation with LAS 6.0 and I have to say I'm
quite impressed.  The installation was painless (for me at least) and the
configuration options using the <category> and <filter> elements looks
quite promising.

The most disappointing thing for me has been the lack of support for Mac
OS browsers.  One of the goals of the new version was to eliminate some of
the JavaScript to reduced the browser incompatibilities.  I think this
version took some serious steps in that direction, but still falls short.

For example, I just sat down with an internal client for whom I'm
developing an LAS installation and tested with 3 different Mac (OS 10.2.2)
browsers and all of them failed in some way:  IE 5.2 would not advance
past the Map applet (as noted in other emails to the list), Safari (1.0
v51) would not load the map applet (but worked fine with no java) and
Mozilla 1.1 flat crashed and burned loading the Map applet.

How can we/I improve the support for Mac OS browsers?


Roland Schweitzer
NOAA-CIRES Climate Diagnostics Center
325 Broadway (R/CDC1)
Boulder, CO 80305-3328
  .... (303) 497-6249 .... (303) 497-7013 FAX .... rhs@cdc.noaa.gov ....
Lynn deWitt


Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratories
1352 Lighthouse Avenue
Pacific Grove, CA 93950-2097

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