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  1. Mar 11, 2012 #1

    turin

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    I've noticed that people in the advanced physics homework help forum are quite itex happy. Unfortunately, my browser (Firefox 3.8.6) isn't rendering it, so I just see a mess of commands and control characters. Any suggestions (such as a browser setting)?

    Also, are the html entities still favored over full-blown inline tex, whenever possible?
     
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  3. Mar 11, 2012 #2

    jhae2.718

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    Do you have JavaScript enabled?

    Now that PF uses MathJax, there really isn't the bandwidth reason to favor HTML symbols over TeX.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2012 #3

    jtbell

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    Is there some reason you can't upgrade to the current version of Firefox which is 10.0.2 (at least under Mac OS)?
     
  5. Mar 12, 2012 #4

    turin

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    Version 10 already! The version I'm using came bundled in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx less than two years ago. I tend to shy away from upgrading, but the version number increase seems exponential. I wonder if there are two different developments of Firefox, one for Mac and one for humble people :)~

    (I shy away from Javascript as well, because it seems to emphasize mouse over keyboard. So that explains my issue, which is certainly nothing new, just disappointing.)

    Anyway, thanks for the replies, y'all.
     
  6. Mar 12, 2012 #5

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    It's 10.0.2 on Windows too. Once they had released version 4, we got 5,6,7 etc. very quickly. I guess some marketing genius had decided that they need to catch up with Internet Explorer's version numbers.

    You will need javascript though. It's annoying that Firefox doesn't allow us to have javascript disabled except for sites on a list of exceptions. I would like that, because there are sites that use javascript to show pop-up ads.

    I would say no, since LaTeX no longer puts a load on the server. Since we switched to MathJax, the server doesn't have to render images or store them. It's all done on the client side. However, I recently had this conversation with Mark44:

    So at least one person, and possibly all IE9 users, would prefer if we avoid LaTeX. It would actually be nice if other IE9 users could let us know if it's really slow for them too. For me (Firefox 10), it usually takes at most a second for the images to appear.
     
  7. Mar 12, 2012 #6

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    even in Safari 4.1.3 on Mac OS 10.4.11, some pages take over 30 seconds to load :redface:
     
  8. Mar 12, 2012 #7

    Borg

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    Firefox has a Add-on called NoScript that allows you to kill JavaScript globally or just for individual sites. It has a lot of features including Whitelists, etc. but I mainly use it to block JavaScript for individual sites.
     
  9. Mar 12, 2012 #8

    jhae2.718

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    Firefox switched to creating a new major version about every two minutes. I have 10.0.2 on Natty.

    You should be able to upgrade to FF10 in Lucid.
     
    Last edited: Mar 12, 2012
  10. Mar 13, 2012 #9
    I second that; Noscript is a pretty powerful addon and also quite lightweight. Has tons of features (including the basic black and white lists), for example you can enable javascript on some sites temporarily as well, protects from clickjacking etc. It is under active development and therefore updates frequently and automatically (does not silently consume bandwidth however). Highly recommended.
     
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