re: Tell me a bug story VIEW POST

FULL DISCUSSION
 

We are a lab in a school that does science for other labs. We had a page that had been working fine for most people for a while, but we got a report that a person trying to use this page and the links wouldn't work, which means that user couldn't do her work.

I take a look, click links, and everything looks fine. And then I look at the logs, and by process of elimination, I figure out that this user is a Mac user using Safari.

I take a look at the source, and ...

We all know that URIs are (protocol)(server)(path), and this page would be (https://)(dev.to)(/ben/tell-me-a-bug-story-59e2), and you can do "absolute" links with just the (path), but did you know that you can include URLs that are protocol and path without server?

No, you didn't. Because that in an abomination before Tim.

But someone did. Someone, or a significant number of someones, did this, enough to make it so IE accepted it. And FireFox. And Chrome. But Safari didn't.

This was hard for me to test, because I have almost no Apple in my life.

So, to clarify: The bug isn't that we use this abomination (although that's what I fixed) but that it is industry standard for browsers to accept this, and Safari didn't. Be liberal in what you accept, I guess.

So, we:

  1. changed our code so we didn't continue in sin
  2. I created an Apple Dev account so I had access to the issue tracker, and when I tried to submit this bug, the bug tracker crashed. :shrug:
 

I created an Apple Dev account so I had access to the issue tracker, and when I tried to submit this bug, the bug tracker crashed. :shrug:

That's the best part of this one 😂

I definitely feel your pain on debugging Apple issues. I have access to an iPod Touch at work, but that's about it. Debugging on that without a Mac to connect it to is basically just trial and error.

 

I’ve never been heavily involved in the Apple ecosystem but I’ve been around enough to feel this pain 😭

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