Monday, June 20, 2011

F*%@, F*%@, F*%@ Safari!

I almost think I would rather spend a month in hell than have to use Safari on the iPad. These two make a horrible pair.

This morning, a friend sent me an anguished, beautifully argued plea to vote against a bill in congress, HR 1249, the so-called “America Invents Act”. I sat down at my iPad to forward his argument, with a preface, to my congressman.

Emailing a congressman requires me to fill out a webpage form with many semi-personal details. I did that. Then I selected the appropriate edit window (on the same web page), to write my message. I wrote my intro, and then I went back to the different Safari window with my friend’s argument that I wished to quote. I copied it and returned to the congressional web form, where I discovered that Safari had helpfully forgotten everything I had typed into it.

After I finished pounding my fist on the table, I decided that I had been doing my work in the wrong order. I should FIRST paste what my friend wrote, then fill in the other fields. So I did the paste, and it worked just fine.

Now here’s where Safari and iPad work together to persuade a person to beat his fist into a pulp. There are no cursor keys on the iPad, so how do I “scroll up” to the top of this edit window? Safari responds to finger motions to scroll the entire web page up and down, but not to scroll inside a window.

Damn you, Safari. And Damn your little friend iPad, too.


JS said...

In an example of another criticism of the iPad (possibly on this blog?), there is an undocumented method of scrolling within a field... it works for floating window elements within a window at least.

Swipe up/down with two fingers within the area of interest.

The Precision Blogger said...

Yes! JS, thank you. It's even documented, in small print on page 48 of the user guide, so I'm sorry I missed it. I feel a lot better now. I apologize to the iPad, but I'm still annoyed by Safari.

I did not expect the 2-finger scroll to work, because the frame I wanted to scroll in was less than two fingertips high. I had to realize that my fingers need to be separated, and that slow finger-swiping is okay, and then it worked.

JS: What about the fact that if you press a screen button down on the iPad for a relatively long time, it visually depresses but does not register with the current app. Any idea what's going on?
- PB