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I developed several websites and I had some Mac OS users complaining that the site is not completely visible with a Mac-based computer. I need a web service that would allow me to look at a site to see how it is visible by a Mac user.
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by:slyong
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hi s_federici,

Mac users uses Safari mostly and there is no other way, other to use safari to look at it from Mac OS X.  
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by:s_federici
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I found it. It is called BrowsrCamp. You can find it at http://www.browsrcamp.com. It is a pay service (not so expensive), but it worked well for my needs. I could look at my sites via several different web browsers for Mac. The only missing feature is IE 5 for Mac. But it as been dismissed by Microsoft.
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by:Andrew Duffy
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The other option is to acquire an older computer (such as an iMac G3/G4 or Power Mac G3/G4), which will run OS X and serve as a dedicated machine for this purpose. It's the most common way developers use to test their sites.

You could perhaps advise Mac users to use Firefox rather than Safari (although, in honesty, the problems are down to the programming of developers rather than the coding of the browsers most of the time).
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by:s_federici
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Unfortunately I don't have an old Mac. I tested the site with safari by using BrowsrCamp and I saw that they have the same problems. Incredibly also IE for Mac does.
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by:manicsquirrel
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You will never run into a problem if you design your sites to be standards compliant: CSS, XHTML.  There is not much rendering difference between Safari and Firefox.  If you viewed your site in Firefox you should have a good idea of what it looks like for Mac Safari.  However, do you have a URL so that I could take a look at your site, or could you post the HTML for a page that users are having complaints about so I could look at it and see if anything jumps out?
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by:s_federici
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Sure. Go to

http://www.sitibs.com/branches/fad/moodle/login/index.php

and entere mariorossi/mariossi as user/password

Then go to

http://www.sitibs.com/branches/fad/moodle/mod/scorm/playscorm.php?id=28

Likely, you won't be able to see the flash animation inside the lower frame.

Let me know if it (incredibly) worked for you!
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by:walkerke
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It looks as if you have some IE-specific javascript. Firefox reports "objpan" has no properties.
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This is a SCORM object I bought and installed in the Moodle (www.moodle.org) portal (version 1.5.4). Unfortunately it was developed for win/IE and it is not supported for Mac. But we have Mac students that have no way to access the e-learning material...
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