Thanks Drew, that seems to fix the problem, but it breaks asp pages
like my email and pistonheads...
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Well, in common with most other "we'll dictate what browser you use" sites, it is clear
that PB have no interest in providing a customer focussed service. Indeed, there is no
"organ grinder" that you can correspond with, and worse, the monkeys are extremely rude,
with them having little or no concept of the dificulties of disability! The company
motivation is simple: Profit before people, regardless of the law.
Having received a lecture on using outdated browsers and claims that changes needed to
be made for HTML 5 conformance and "functionality", it's interesting to note that their
home page has 22 validation errors and no less than 3 warnings! Among them that they are
using "obsolete code". Just how weak is their argument and can you believe the arrogance?
You can rest assured that this problem is entirely at the door of PB. The whole point of
having a web standards compliant browser is that as long as the HTML code it encounters
is also standards compliant, there should not be any problems! Standards compliance is
key here, because it is "industry standards" which drive the argument. The idea that today
any company can dictate which browser anyone uses takes us back to the bad old days of the
1990s when there was war twixt IE and Netscape.
This needs to be resisted at all costs. There has been tremendous advancement of both the
technology and attitudes, clearly with notable exceptions. As for functionality, building
sites to be WCAG 2.0 compliant makes good commercial sense because it not only enhances
functionality, but usability too, for everyone, regardless of their (dis)ability. I've
been told, in no uncertain terms, that they have no legal requirement to comply!
What this really needs is someone in the USA with some clout! Sadly, I'm in the UK where
we already know about foreign companies who believe themselves to be above the law
As for customer reaction, I fully agree that PB are not doing their best by their customers!
Regardless of whether or not they pay for the "service", there is a clear expectation that
their images will appear without obstruction. I would imagine this to especially apply
to pictures of goods sold on auction sites! That the expectation is not being met is clear
but quite how we can make people aware, I don't know. Not many people are interested in
"how" sites work.
A Warning Note About Markdown
If you are tempted by the little red text link, copy whatever
you have written before clicking it. Otherwise, without any
warning, you will lose all your current text! Appalling!!
I'm also unhappy about this Forum distorting my texts. The comfortable line
length for reading text is around 80 characters maximum and I have correctly
placed carriage returns in all the relevant places. Why are these being
removed? I really don't like being treated like I'm a moron by software
that pretends it knows better than me!!
I've now taken this up with PB directly. The Opera browser was, (not sure
about the present) the most accessible browser out there. I was very happy
to recommend it based upon how easy it was to use and most importantly, adapt
to most peoples' needs. For any browser to meet accessibility law today seems
to be a pipedream, but in the past Opera was probably the closest, without
having to spend mega-bucks on dedicated software.
Google on the other hand has been as lax on accessibility issues as it is on
paying its due taxes. Just look at the way they took over the link rel aspect
of building web pages and totally distorted the intended focus of these building
blocks. If you need evidence, where in the new versions of Opera is the fully
functional navigation bar that was properly supported by software that worked?
That is one that is properly built on how these HTML properties were meant to
be employed and offered the intended functionality of an accessible Web site.
I have written to PB to ask them about why their accessibility policy is
denying me from seeing pictures that I'm fully entitled to view as a disabled
person. I await their reply with interest...
Considering Opera 12 is 2 years out of date and has known issues with newer types of security it may very well be that the browser is just too out of date to work with that site.
That's all very well, but it looks like Opera has sold its soul to Google!
I use Opera for its accessibility, but it looks like that has forcibly come to
an abrupt end. In the latest versions there is a huge great search box with
a massive Google logo, as if that is the most important aspect of being on
the web. It isn't and my machine does not belong to or get sponsored by this
tax evading company!
It's far bigger than it ever needs to be and it also forces me to scroll
down my speed dial page, forcing me into an extra use of the mouse! Why can
I not either remove it or reposition it so that it's off to the side rather
than directly in the very last place I need it? At one time, the Speed Dial
was very easy to customise, now it's just hopeless
I too have the Photobucket problem, so after many, many years of simple
and friendly use, it looks I have to search for an alternative to Opera
If anyone knows of a proper way to see others' posts that include pictures
posted on PB, then I'll be very grateful.