QRZ Seeks Technical Advice

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  1. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder Administrator QRZ Page

    Okay folks, here's your chance to help fellow Macintosh users.  We've received a number of inquiries from Mac users (many on AOL.COM) who say that when they visit QRZ pages, all they get is a bunch of HTML code and the pages are pretty much unreadable.

    Nobody here at QRZ has a Macintosh and so we can't confirm or deny that the problem exists, let alone begin to take steps to correct it.  Perhaps someone reading this has the technical wherewithall to figure out or tell us what's going wrong.  We and the affected users would really like to hear from you if so.  Your technical advice would be much appreciated.


  2. KC2JCA

    KC2JCA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Which Macintosh OS, and which Browser software? I don't really see anything in the source code that would preclude Macs from viewing the page. I'm thinking something along the lines of an older system that may not quite understand XML and Stylesheets.

    73, Jim - kc2jca
  3. KC2JCA

    KC2JCA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Jumping in again...

    I'm now 95% sure it's the XML that's causing the trouble.

    Refer Mac users to http://www.xml.com/pub/r/377 for an XML capable browser and more information.

    73, Jim - kc2jca
  4. KB9TQN

    KB9TQN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm on a Mac with IE 5.1.3 and all is well.
  5. KB3DRF

    KB3DRF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am using a Macintosh notebook(laptop) G3 256M ram,operating system
    9.1,also using netscape 6.2 and explorer 5 (mac versions) for my browsers.While using earthlink as my internet provider(3 years) everything is fine while surfing qrz.I had a free disk for aol(1 month) so
    I programed my hard disk with there software and gave it a try.So far it is
    running but a couple pages in the swapmeet were just code!!
    I will play with aol a little more and drop another report if it changes.
    the software from aol was there new version . 73 Mat kb3drf [​IMG]
  6. KD7PVT

    KD7PVT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have no problems at all, using a Mac/OS 9.1 with iCab v2.7.1  as a browser.  I normally surf with Javascript turned off, and have had no problems with the QRZ.COM site.
  7. K7EMI

    K7EMI XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've had no trouble with my Macs running OS 9.1 or 9.2 or my linux boxes or netbsd or the windows machines I keep around ONLY for logging.

    Now that I think of it, I don't think my SPARCclassic running Solaris had any trouble, either.

    I was a sysadmin at an ISP, so I can help if you point me at some errors. So far I've seen nothing on this site.

    Sometimes some sites need IE, but ugh, does that make me feel dirty. [​IMG]
  8. N4ABA

    N4ABA Ham Member QRZ Page

    AOL 4.0 and 5.0 generate a request to download a file when using "Get Callsign." Text downloaded seems to be XML, so it seems that the page forces XML usage w/o checking to see if the browser is XML compatible; maybe Java would be better?

    As for IE, 5.0 on the Mac works FB, previous versions generate similar code, showing browser incompatibility. (Think it was IE4.5 I checked last night...different Mac.)

    Current systems are an iMac running OS9.1/IE5.0 and a PC running Win98/IE5.0. BTW, the new site much quicker on both the Mac and the PC, don't have the Linux system up yet to check. I'll also load iCab to see if there is any problem there. PLEASE keep up the good work! You guys have contributed so much to the hobby....I have several non-amateur friends that are amazed at the amount of support/help/friendship that is available, and this may get them into the hobby.

    Andrew KG4GSC
  9. KM6XU

    KM6XU Ham Member QRZ Page

  10. N2ERN

    N2ERN Ham Member QRZ Page

    No problem here.

    G4/860 w/520 mbRAM. Under 9.2, IE runs fine, so does Netscape. Haven't tried OS X yet.

    I used to run AOL with my old Mac clone Power Computing PowerCenter 150 under system 7 with no problems. AOL is very Mac-friendly
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