Jump to content

And why can't I choose my font and size?

Dick Smith

Recommended Posts

In the face of no reply I'll expand a bit.

Because I use a Mac doesn't mean the site doesn't have to work for me. I visit many websites and forums - and they all work fine.

It isn't just Macs, either - there are many examples of people using Windoze (and other systems) who are having problems. Surely your contract must have some open-access requirements in it? (I think that's the law, or if not it's certainly good practice).

I know we get the site for free and all that, but surely Archant must think there is a benefit to them or they wouldn't have paid to upgrade the software in the first place. More likely you've been stuffed by the developers, probably signed it off without full testing on 'other' systems.

You might like to look at the following article:


from which I quote:

  "And it turns out that users of Apple computers are a more desirable demographic to advertisers than are PC users.

   “With above-average household income and education levels, the Mac population presents a very attractive target for marketers, both online and offline,” says NetRatings director and principal analyst T.S. Kelly.

   The report notes that Mac computer users tend to be creative, loyal and tech-savvy.

   Macintosh users constitute a reasonably large group: 10.9 million people go online using the computers, giving Apple an 8.2 percent share of the body of internet users.

   They’re also an experienced bunch.

    Some 52.3 percent of Mac users have been using the internet for at least five years. By way of comparison, just 41 percent of PC users have been online for five years or more."

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Dick,

The fact that I didn't reply straight away is due to a meeting and other work. The developers of asp.net are Microsoft and this is what the forum software is written in. Archant IT are looking at the patches available at the moment. I am trying to sort this out, but it may take a bit of time. If you would like to look into it yourself there is a support forum for users http://support.instantasp.co.uk/default.aspx. Hope this helps.




Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hi Dick.

Here are a couple of quotes you can add to your Mac defense ****nal from the late, and brilliant, Douglas Adams:

  • I wrote an ad for Apple Computer: "Macintosh - We might not get everything right, but at least we knew the century was going to end."
  • The Macintosh may only have 10% of the market, but it is clearly the top 10%.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Following Admin's link I found this on InstantForum's Forum

Q: "Cross-browser WYSIWYG support is essential. You should not design a product that does not perform this kind of function for the Mozilla family of browsers. Many people simply do not like IE or are coming from non-Windows platforms."

A: "We certainly would like the editor to work within Netscape / Mozilla and indeed we will be working towards this.

The standard plain text area presented for older browsers is not ideal. We will need to review this and determine how much work would be involved and if work is justified against the benefits.

We have a zillion other features to implement first but the cross-browser WYSIWYG is certainly on the to-do list. We could easily purchase a 3rd party solution for this like www.editize.com and this would take a couple of minutes to integrate but then you would lose access to the source code for the editor."

Q: "This module can be integrated into this forum.

Ryan, have you checked it?

http://www.kevinroth.com/rte/demo.htm "

A: "This would be great alternative for people not using IE. I still prefer the default forum WYSIWYG for IE but this could certainly be used for Mozilla / Netscape

And the source is available and can be distributed."

So is this a possibility, and will it help people on non-Windoze platforms?

Link to comment
Share on other sites


The lack of choice of fonts and smileys is definitely linked to Mac use. When I use my OH's Microsoft I am offered both.

All I have to do now is decide whether I'd rather be a persecuted minority or in the top 10% of the population ! (Insert smiley here if you can

Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 2 weeks later...

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Create New...