5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2011 9:47 AM by gyrhead
jsusulin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello Apple,

i got a brand new ipad for work, and it appears that safari on the ipad can't access .aspx pages. i'm trying to get into our gps tracking site (track.docomopacific.net). at first i can't login to the .aspx, so i turned of java and managed to login... but then the rest of the links can't load... which are .aspx, please advise.

Sony Vaio TT130N, Windows 7, iPad 32GB Wifi + 3G
  • OrangeMarlin Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
    jsusulin wrote:
    Hello Apple,

    i got a brand new ipad for work, and it appears that safari on the ipad can't access .aspx pages. i'm trying to get into our gps tracking site (track.docomopacific.net). at first i can't login to the .aspx, so i turned of java and managed to login... but then the rest of the links can't load... which are .aspx, please advise.


    Unfortunately, aspx is a server-side script language by Microsoft. I think you need Silverlight to open it, and that's probably never going to happen on the iPad. Tell the programmers to make it work with a real operating system like iOS.
  • Martin_UK Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    The Microsoft.com website uses .asp files and I was able to navigate that fine just now, are you sure there's not a specific content type rather than the file format which is causing the problem?
  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
    Usually it means the website is built using ASP.NET from Microsoft. Typically, it's because the website was built using Microsoft Frontpage, Sharepoint or other Microsoft product, and often has a Microsoft SQL database as the backend database. Unfortunately, Microsoft development environments often uses a lot of code that doesn't work well except in Internet Explorer. (Not FireFox, Opera, etc, and even less so for Mac versions of Firefox, Opera, etc.) If you have a Mac, try seeing if you can open the same webpages in Safari. (Or on a PC with Safari installed.) If you can, then it may be some limitation of the version of Safari on iOS.

    But more than likely you won't be able to open the pages on the desktop Safari, which means you'll have to "yell" at the website developer to make the website iPad/iPhone friendly. (Don't hold your breath. )
  • Storm11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Since everyone posting here clearly lives inside the Apple bubble and has nothing but misinformation to spread, let me shed some light from the prespective of someone who has one foot in both the apple and microsoft worlds.

     

    Yes, the ASPX extension does mean that a page uses ASP.NET.  It does not imply use of a specific development tool, nor does it imply use of a database (let alone MSSQL). 

     

    Silverlight?  LMAO

     

    Every browser deals with errors differently.  Some are more forgiving.  Some are more forgiving only in specific areas.  What I find most curious about this issue is that a site will work fine in Safari (same version, same device model, same OS) for one user but not for another.  That makes me think it's more of a style sheet issue.

     

    If you just want to follor your fuhrer blindly and hail the iPad, post on facebook instead of a support community.  If you are want to solve the problem so everyone can use your site, look at the javascript or the style sheet.  Safari has some unique issues with coding errors in both.

  • gyrhead Level 3 Level 3 (785 points)

    I have not had any trouble using many asp/aspx type pages in Safari on an IPAD2 with IOS 5.1, but there are issues with some that I have tried to use.

    Again, if the site developer has not gone to the trouble of testing the web page renderings on different browsers and platforms the result could be pages that are not viewable at all or those that are malformed and dysfunctional.

     

    see ( this page works on my iPAD)

     

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/x3k2ssx2.aspx