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Safari & Proxy Autoconfig | Jason E. Shao

Safari & Proxy Autoconfig

Dave Hyatt, who is currently working at Apple Computer on their Safari browser has asked for users “Top Ten Problems With Safari’s Web Page Display.” My issues so far are:

1) No support for proxy autoconfig. My University library (Rutgers University) uses proxy autoconfig to enable remote access to resources (from home, etc.) They ONLY allow use of Proxy autoconfig, so you can’t use the networks panel to manually add servers.

2) Image/Table alignment. I don’t want to get involved in the “standards compliance” debate. However… I would appreciate an “MSIE Compatability Mode” with common changes to behavior to match that of MSIE. There are some sites that just don’t behave well when looked at in any of the browsers that attempt standards compliance (Opera, Mozilla, Safari.)

3) Printing generally has worked relatively well for me, except that it is definitely much slower than MSIE was.

4) Autocorrect spell checking within text entry forms.

5) Outlook web access: I’m sure Dave doesn’t want to get into hacks for specific apps/sites, but this item really is essential. Even with Entourage supposedly being updated in the future, that still doesn’t help Mac users at home who need to access their outlook info, unless they want to drop the several hundred dollars to buy Office, a cost which Windows users don’t need.