Attempting Safari for Windows

As a web designer I was pleased to see that Apple have released a version of Safari for Windows. It's in beta stage at the moment, but I quickly went to the Apple site to download it.

The main reason I want to have access to it is to test how sites we're working on look in Safari, thus ensuring that we have tested our sites across all major browsers. There will still be differences between the Windows version of Safari and the Mac version, mainly focussed on the differing system fonts available, but it should at least confirm that sites are working solidly.

So I happily installed and ran Safari and was greeted by a surprise. Gobbledegook! It's hard to explain, but look at the screen shot below to see how strange it is. Every bit of typography on the page has been turned into unrecognisable characters. Menus, the address bar, text on the page. Obviously it doesn't affect text that is fixed into an image, but everything else is up for grabs.

Even typing an address into the address bar doesn't work. http://? No no, we don't need that, let's go for jvvr<11

I'm going to un-install, download the updated version and try installing again.

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  • I've just done some playing around. The newer version doesn't change a thing. I had heard some grumblings about problems with language versions and so I changed my system language to English (US) instead of English (Ireland), but no change there.Interestingly the help file is displaying normally. So I've been trying to navigate around the options but it's next to impossible.I got my co-worker to install it on his machine and it looks different.. in his case there is no text at all.. menus aren't displaying, although you can click on them. Typing into the address bar displays nothing. It's all a bit strange.

  • Well, after a bit of searching about I have found a possible fix (well it worked for me).Apparently if you are having this problem you need to go into your fonts folder, delete Lucida Grande and Lucida Grande Bold. Then you have to browse to Program Files/Safari/safari.resources and take the font files from there and install them into your fonts folder.