Odd Safari "Feature"

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  1. pimentoLoaf macrumors 68000

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    When I'm reading my online NYTimes this morning, lo and behold, pressing the spacebar was causing the page to scoll down.

    Is this a feature or a bug? 10.4.8 & iBook g4.
     
  2. seanf macrumors 6502

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    It's a feature in pretty much every browser available

    Sean :)
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Feature. As stated, in almost every browser. Shift-space typically goes up by the same amount. It's very convenient. :)

    EDIT: PS in most mail programs as well. ;)
     
  4. Max Payne macrumors 6502a

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    I tried it with FireFox 2.0 just now an it also works. :D
     
  5. pimentoLoaf thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Neato.

    Wonder who dreamt up the need for that? Every keyboard has scroll buttons.
     
  6. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

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    Even IE has this feature :p
     
  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    It keeps the old farts happy, programs have had that kind of paging since before terminals commonly had arrow keys (or even screens for that matter).
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    I use it routinely when browsing on a laptop without my scroll wheel mouse...it gets me down the page a lot faster than using the arrow key and it's very conveniently located.
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think IE may actually have been the first one (web browser) to do it. I remember at that time at least, that this feature showed up in IE and Outlook around 1998, and I remember really liking it, and I don't remember that Moz or Netscape had it at that time. Could be wrong, though.

    I don't see why it's a problem that it's there. It's just another way to do things that may be intuitive to users. It's really particularly nice in mail applications, though to be honest. Because in most mail apps, it not only advances to the beginning / end of the message but an additional press of the same key goes to the next / previous message.

    So between shift and space you can read through your whole inbox while doing other things... Get used to 65-70 hour work weeks and reading your mail at 6 in the morning while still trying to wake up and waiting for your coffee to be cool enough to not burn you and defrost your fingers from the subzero temperature outside and little things like that make you really happy....
     
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Same here – if I'm doing a bit of MacRumoring on my iBook it's my preferred way to rattle down to the bottom of the page.
     
  11. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Mosaic was missing that feature, but Netscape had it from before 1.0.
     
  12. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Exactly.. that's how I read "more" and man pages in Terminal. :eek:
     

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