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Skeptical Science Upgrade

Posted on 14 January 2013 by Bob Lacatena

Skeptical Science has just transitioned into a (hopefully) transparent upgrade to HTML 5.  Users are not supposed to experience any really noticable changes, although the spacing of some page elements may be different by a pixel or five, here or there.

You're very unlikely to notice anything at all.  If you do, the first thing you should try to do is to refresh the page, to make sure you are using the latest versions of all of the styling and widgets.

With that said, today's web environment is a Rube Goldberg nightmare patchwork of ever changing technologies based on ever changing standards (or lack thereof) implemented by an ever changing array of companies, organizations and individuals.

The end result is what we, in the software industry, term "an annoying, maddening mess."

So, if you experience any unusual difficulties or see anything that looks wrong, please do not hesitate to post a comment here so that the vast, highly paid, over-staffed army of crack programmers behind Skeptical Science can fix it as quickly as possible.

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  1. Will the change include being able to use <sub> and <sup>, or any other HTML tags, in comments?
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    Moderator Response: [DB] Complex editing/formatting and WYSIWYG commenting functionalities will be rolled out to the comment boxes for users. This is in the works.
  2. Hooray! Wysiwyg rules! CO(subscript 2) coming to a comment editor near you Real Soon Now (I hope). Thanks, DB et al.
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  3. Bug/Feature: Hovering the cursor over the drop-down bar doesn't generate a normal drop-down listing underneath each linked tab. Instead, the listing appears in a blocked column to the left of the Most-Used Climate Myths thermometer. It is difficult to move the cursor over fast enough to access this remote menu before it times out and disappears. Affected Tabs: Arguments, Software, Resources, Translations and About drop-down headers/listings. FF 18.0, Windows 7.
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] Hit "reload" on your browser.
  4. All the drop down menus show up on the far left side of the screen. I'm using a Mac OSX 10.8.2 with Safari 6.0.2. Sounds similar to what Daniel is describing above.
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] Hit "reload" on your browser.
  5. The menu bar and drop downs seem to be working fine for me {Mac OS X - ver 10.8.2 - Safari } However these links were broken: lessons from predictions trend calculator climate myths prudent path OA not OK ====================== Other than that, SWEET - it seems to work much faster and I clinked around a bunch, including translations... never appreciated how many translations you've got. Bravo! It all worked swell ! Although - about your "Donation" too bad PayPal is the only option you have. Not like I could donate much, but for you folks, I could definitely scratch some coin together. But I don't do the PayPal. ~ ~ ~ Anyways, thanks for all your collective efforts, they help. You folks are awesome !
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] Links fixed. Thanks for the heads up.
  6. weird I just looked again and they are under their headings where they belong. Oh and I got Safari is 6.0.2 too. don't ask me, I'm just reporting ;-)
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  7. Just got off my girl friends Dell Windows 7 - Explorer Internet Drop downs work fine and all the menu link also work. In fact, I just check on this Mac and they are all working this time. Cheers
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  8. oh I hate those typos. . . good night .
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  9. Anyone who has the drop down problem can clear it immediately by hitting reload. It will also clear on it's own in a few days (it's just your browser caching a file that has changed, so it's using the one that's incompatible/out-of-date).
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  10. Drop downs and links all seem fine, running Firefox under Fedora 17 Linux. Also, I just worked out how to enter CO₂ with 2 as a subscript, using the Compose key and typing (Compose key)_2 How annoying to find the work-around just when WYSIWYG is nearly here ... sigh.
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  11. honoring this update, I've also updated my profile ;-) , pretty much counting myself out of the regulars nowadays though. Is there a way to delete the profile image, the old one was no longer very accurate, so there's a Greenland bedrock map in its place now.
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  12. although the spacing of some page elements may be different by a pixel or five, here or there. Yes, the temperature scale of the most uses septical arguments has holes in FireFox 18. Internet Explorer 9 is fine as is Chrome 23.0.1271.97 and 24.0.1312.5
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] Have you tried reloading the page in Firefox?
  13. Regarding creating and editing comments... I am currently looking at different wysiwyg editors that will make it easier to format comments on Skeptical Science. Watch this space (literally!).
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  14. Escalator link/graphic on right is "file not found" for me.
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] ??? It works for me. When you roll over it, what URL does it show in the status bar at the bottom? Have you tried reloading the page?
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] ??? Not ???
  16. Nope -- maybe a cache problem? I'll dump my cache.
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  17. I don't think that's the problem. I opened the page in FF (which I haven't used in months), and the link was the same -- after I dumped everything.
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    Moderator Response: [Sph] What about the Debunking Handbook and Climate Change Denial... what do they do and what do the links say?

    And check your e-mail.
  18. Hooray it finally works in Opera without the comments getting all muddled up!
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