Currently Being ModeratedDec 16, 2010 10:19 AM (in response to jc1742)JC, the lack of text reflow on the Safari browser has been the biggest sore spot with me regarding my iPhones for the past 2 years. I have written a couple of blog pages about this over on my website (http://www.carltonzone.com, then click on the "technology" tab to pull up all of my gadget posts). Someone turned my attention to the Atomic browser which does reflow text, not upon zooming, but when you increase the font size. It works great on mobile-compliant sites, but not as well on standard websites. This is obviously an easy fix for Apple, but they apparently don't see it as beneficial. Their argument is that the "Retina" display is so clear, you don't need to zoom in to see things better. Common sense should tell you that even infinite resolution (for example, +printed text+???) is not readable when its in microscopic font size.
Even though we now have a solution with the Atomic broser, I still think this should be added to the Safari browser for the simple fact that people want it.iPhone 4, iOS 4
Currently Being ModeratedJan 4, 2011 4:10 PM (in response to jc1742)I been asking about Safari text reflow/formatting and the reason apple won't let it happen its the same reason they won't have a flash player.
reflow will not happen on the iphone Safari browser or any browser for the iphone or iopd touch you might get an reflow pdf reader but apple as its own rules and laws and they are not an open platform. when you phoned them they knew what you was talking about but they try to play dumb ..iphone 4, iOS 4
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 24, 2011 8:01 AM (in response to jc1742)This is the sole reason why I got rid of the iphone and went to an android phone, which has text reflow. Otherwise, I'd still have an iphone 4. Text reflow makes all the difference in the world, not having to constantly pan back and forth to read a page as on the iphone.Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 26, 2012 10:11 AM (in response to jc1742)
Hmmm ... So the only replies are basically "We don't know either." ;-)
Meanwhile, I've been advising friends who've asked that in reality, Safari on the iPhone isn't actually a browser. Yes, it can download files and display them, but there are zillions of programs that can do that. The primary feature of the original (Mosaic) browser 20 years ago was that it could reformat text to fit whatever size screen you had. It did this with the help of the funny new HTML markup, in which <P> indicated a new paragraph. It knew how to reformat a paragraph's text to fit the width and font size of its current window. This made it very easy to write simple text that would display readably on any screen that had a vertical scroll ability (and even the dumb terminals back in the 1980s had that). Yes, it had lots of other nice features, like the <B> and <I> tags to make text bold and/or italic. But the "reflowing" of text was the big gain in readability that really made it usable by the masses.
So the iPhone and iPad don't actually come with a browser. But I've also been getting those friends to download Opera and try it. They're all happy with it. So as long as Apple doesn't ban Opera, there is a way to get a browser on these gadgets. Maybe I should look around and see if there are others.
And maybe what I should do is change my CGI code that looks at the HTTP_USER_AGENT string, so when it finds Safari there, includes a short apology that the text is so poorly formatted. I suppose it should only do this when iPhone or iPad also appear in the string, since the Macbook and iMac versions of Safari seem to do a good job of (re)formatting text.