NetSurf halts punter's search for lovePublished: 3rd Feb 2007, 18:49:56 | Permalink | Printable
RiscPC is a turn off claims online dating hopefulWith under a fortnight to go to Valentines Day, at least one RISC OS punter is struggling to find a partner in time. An anonymous and single user revealed before the weekend that they were unable to log into a top online dating website with NetSurf, RISC OS's free open source browser. The unknown punter posted a bug report, and suggested that he or she "would have a girlfriend already", if their computer wasn't an Acorn RiscPC.
In the bug report filed in the NetSurf bug tracking database, the user said there was a problem gaining access to match.com - an international dating site which, at one point, had over 42 million lonely hearts registered with it, and helps pair up potential couples over the Internet.
The hapless love searcher said: "On Match.com's registration page, the access code is not visible when using NetSurf. It's not visible using Oregano 2, either.
"I am trying to register, and yes, I am single, you can all stop laughing now - maybe if I didn't use a RiscPC, I would have a girlfriend already."
A NetSurf user, who wanted to remain anonymous, whispered to us: "It's a bit of bad luck that NetSurf's ruined their chances in love. Maybe they think that if they used an Iyonix or A9home, they'd have more luck."
This week, NetSurf developer John-Mark Bell urged users to create simple 'test cases' when reporting bugs to help pinpoint the cause of a particular problem. These test cases are, generally speaking, fragments of HTML and CSS that are known to trigger a fault in NetSurf; the volunteer team of coders find it easier to investigate smaller bits of web pages rather than study full pages of code, especially when only a small part of a page is causing a problem.
John-Mark said: "There are ways to reduce the amount of time that the developers need to spend on investigating these issues. Our lives would be made significantly easier if constrained testcases were created; either by the original reporter or some other interested party."
The bug is currently 'open', and not assigned to any particular programmer to fix.
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