Why does Google look different in Safari/Webkit?

apfhex

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I presume Google has some code that displays a different format for Safari/Wekbit users (that means Omniweb, Shiira, etc.), but why? It's not as functional as the "normal" results page IMHO. I haven't had the opportunity to try it on Safari on another Mac with another internet connection, but I don't see why I would be the exception here. I have tried it on a clean user account on my Mac though with the same results.

(BTW, it has nothing to do with the fact that I'm signed into my google account in Safari)
 

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Steve1496

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That has happened to me a few times. I'm not sure what it is, but it doesn't always look that way. If I remember correctly, it has done that before in Firefox too.
 

MrFrankly

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Maybe it's Google testing a new layout. And possibly you fit certain conditions which makes them activate the test for you. They do that sometimes.
 

clevin

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no, its a test google layout, it works in firefox too.
goto google.com
type in the address bar "
javascript:alert(document.cookie="PREF=ID=fb7740f107311e46:TM=1142683332:LM=1142683332:S=fNSw6ljXTzvL3dWu;path=/;domain=.google.com")
" and press enter
and there you go


it will last until you clear the cookies from google.
 

apfhex

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bobber205 said:
Doesn't look like that on my machine. Must be your safari prefs. Maybe try clearing the cache?
Yes, that and emptying ALL my cookies from Safari are the first things I tried. But as I said, it's the same on my brand-spankin' new Mac Pro, so it's definitely not a software issue on my end.

clevin said:
no, its a test google layout, it works in firefox too.
goto google.com
type in the address bar "" and press enter
and there you go
it will last until you clear the cookies from google.
Interesting! Thanks for the code, that changed it back. Why would this "test layout" be activated on both of my Macs without me doing anything? It had been like that for at least a month or two.
 

Killyp

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MrFrankly said:
Maybe it's Google testing a new layout. And possibly you fit certain conditions which makes them activate the test for you. They do that sometimes.
wow this is gonna sound wierd, but when I read that, I thought of the Nazis... :eek: :eek: :confused: :confused:
 

clevin

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apfhex said:
Interesting! Thanks for the code, that changed it back. Why would this "test layout" be activated on both of my Macs without me doing anything? It had been like that for at least a month or two.
let me guess, how do you use google search? from search box of safari? if so, try clear the cookies, and goto google.com. its interesting and worth finding out the cause.
 

apfhex

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clevin said:
let me guess, how do you use google search? from search box of safari? if so, try clear the cookies, and goto google.com. its interesting and worth finding out the cause.
I usually use the search box in Safari, BUT I tried it both ways with the same result. Also, I mentioned in my OP that this was for ALL webkit browsers that I tried, that includes Shiira and OmniWeb! Just so this doesn't get turned into a Safari-only issue...