10/24/2012, 07:09 PM
I'm sorry... I started this thread (and also completed feedback to the BBC) but I've not been following it. I can confirm that it now works if you select the mobile site link, although it takes a couple of refreshes to to get the zoom level right - at least it did on my Pre2.
However, joy of joys, my Pre3 mysteriously came back to life earlier today but when I saw the BBC site still wasn't working I lost patience and I followed the instructions for spoofing the user agent string here: WebKit UserAgent Override - WebOS Internals
Now, I do feel a bit dirty doing this. Misreporting your browser is not a cool thing to do as it gives site owners a false impression of what their users are using, and could have other undesirable effects. The reason I bit the bullet was after reading news about more developers abandoning the webOS platform, issues with the Amazon MP3 store, as well as the BBC site still being broken for me. While the BBC seems to regard it as its duty to make its Web content available on every conceivable connected platform (very laudable, and actually not incredibly difficult if you know what you're doing), many commercial organisations won't really care so long as their 90% of android, iOS and blackberry users are satisfied. Case in point - I'm having a package delivered to me by UPS tomorrow and tracking previous packages has been a matter of zooming and panning around the page - I just accepted it was a desktop-only site. But going to the UPS site pretending to be an iphone was a *completely* different experience. Other mobile sites are revealing themselves too.
I fear that as our numbers dwindle we will have to rely on more such tricks to get things to work.
It's been a bittersweet day for me....
Anyway, thanks to bbcdave for keeping on top of things!