When posting a question using an iPad, the richtext box icons are missing.

P.s.: Also the similar questions div can't be scrolled, but this has been noted earlier.

  • Just FYI, similar questions div can be scrolled by using two fingers.
    – waiwai933
    Jun 13, 2010 at 15:41
  • Heh, if only you could run userscripts in mobile safari...
    – Shog9
    Jun 13, 2010 at 17:51
  • @waiwai933 good tip!
    – Toad
    Jun 14, 2010 at 4:43
  • Well are we expecting a more usable text editor component for iOS usage? The current one is pretty much useless for long questions. Jun 15, 2010 at 7:50

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This is by design; we disable the WMD editor on iPhone and iPad because it behaves poorly there.

  • Any idea why? Does it take too much memory, or do those devices have a poor java-script implementation?
    – C. Ross
    Jun 13, 2010 at 12:45
  • Msdn reference pages also fail to work properly on both iphone and ipad. I thought they were properly webkit based so should be more or less free of weirdeness
    – Toad
    Jun 13, 2010 at 15:10
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    Why does it behave poorly? Any chance this will be fixed? The iPad is a useful device to browse stackoverflow.
    – Sam Miller
    Jul 2, 2010 at 18:16
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    Not to say that it should be enabled, but it's a pain since there is no backtick key on the iPad keyboard; the only time I'd find myself relying on the GUI buttons, they're not there! Nov 17, 2010 at 14:02
  • @legu "To use [backtick], go into the mail app and in the email to/cc/bcc fields you should see the backtick in the upper left on the symbols virtual keyboard. Then just copy and paste it wherever you need it." stdout-dev-null.blogspot.com/2009/08/… Nov 18, 2010 at 2:56
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    @LeguRi there is a backtick key. Tap and hold the apostrophe key, and a little menu of alternative characters pops up. The backtick character is the left-most one. I use this pretty frequently on my iPhone. Feb 16, 2011 at 0:17
  • @Dave DeLong - Really? Please post this as an answer so I can accept it! Feb 16, 2011 at 3:46
  • @LeguRi done. :) Feb 16, 2011 at 4:47
  • @Jeff if it behaves poorly you make it behave better, not remove it altogether!
    – Jonathan.
    Feb 16, 2011 at 8:08

There is a backtick key, though this only showed up in recently (maybe with iOS 4?). If you tap and hold the apostrophe key, you'll see a little menu pop up with alternate characters (for example, tapping and holding the "u" key shows: ú, ù, ü, û, u). One of the alternate characters is the backtick (`).

Here's what it looks like on my iPhone:

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  • Awesome. Now if you can tell me how to do a right delete I may just award a bounty :) Feb 16, 2011 at 7:40
  • Dang! It won't let me un-accept the other answer :'( Feb 16, 2011 at 11:18

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