Christopher Pratt (cpratt) wrote,
Christopher Pratt

Dear Apple

Um, so I was, like, browsing your iBook tech specs here:

and I noticed that there are supposed to be footnotes, yeah? For example, I read this:

Inside, a sturdy magnesium frame provides superior strength, while reducing the weight of the iBook G4 to well below that of other full-featured PC notebooks.(1)

All I want to know is this: Where is the footnote? I'm looking all over the page but I don't see a "1." anywhere.

Inspecting the source HTML clears it up: you're writing HTML that isn't compatible with Windows IE. That's nice, and I can understand your desire to be standards compliant, ex-Mozilla test monkey that I am. I found the <OL> tag at the bottom the page with something about a sosumi class - hee, how clever, you're referring to a System 7 sound - and I guess this is some CSS thing that doesn't work in IE.

Now that I've got that cleared up - as I'm sure all of your prospective customers will easily be able to do, what with the general public knowing full well to do a View Source and read the HTML to understand authorial intention - I launch Firefox and look at the page again.

In the middle of the page, I see this:

iBook G4 with 14.1-inch display: 61-watt-hour lithium-ion battery provides up to 6 hours of battery life on a single charge (1)

Please explain how both these things with a (1) could refer to the same footnote? It doesn't make any sense to me: there's only one footnote on the page [that won't display in IE], and it says something about your battery life varying depending on how you use your computer. How does varying battery life have to do with [allegedly] weighing less than a Windows notebook?

I don't get it.



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