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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug Apps
Dictionary and Wikipedia have been having issues of late where the only information you will get from Wikipedia in the Apple Dictionary will be what loads into the Dictionary window the first time. When you try to scroll down for more info there will be no scroll bars. Likewise if you enlarge your window you will get only white space.

This seems to have affected both Leopard and Snow Leopard. It appears that this has to do with some 'New Features' that Wikipedia has implemented that Dictionary can't parse. The only solution I found so far that works is to disable the 'New Features' in Wikipedia.

The solution I found on the Apple Support Discussions page is as follows:
  • From your browser, go to Wikipedia's main page and log in. Use the 'remember me' feature (register if needed).
  • In the upper right corner, click on 'New Features.'
  • Under the 'Take Me Back' section found in the lower middle of the next page, click the 'click here' indicating you would like to turn off the new features.
  • (Optional) Fill out their little survey asking why you want to turn them off and update.
That's it. The next time you access Dictionary.app, the scroll bars will be working correctly under the Wikipedia section.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described.]
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How does this work?
Authored by: hamarkus on May 26, '10 08:41:51AM

Presumably Wikipedia writes a cookie to store your preference. Does Dictionary present that cookie to Wikipedia? If yes, then this must require that you had used Safari as your browser, as Dictionary is unlikely to read cookies from Firefox or other browsers.



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How does this work?
Authored by: asmeurer on May 26, '10 10:03:56AM

Don't quote me on this, but I think all applications that use the built-in Webkit renderer, including Safari and Dictionary, all share the same cookies.



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How does this work?
Authored by: Anonymous on May 26, '10 02:36:08PM

Dictionary itself is a browser, based on Webkit.



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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: dronkert on May 26, '10 09:27:45AM

It's there, it's just that there aren't any scrollbars in the app. Select & drag over the text to scroll. Annoying.



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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on May 26, '10 10:12:41AM

I actually had scroll bars, but could not scroll anywhere because no more content appeared. This workaround works perfectly for me. Thanks to the poster!



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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: hookoa on May 26, '10 03:05:25PM

Still not working for me.
???

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"It's common knowledge among the clergy that God invented beef briskets for
Texans".
........Cactus Pryor



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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: Smartassism on May 26, '10 05:26:32PM

For the people still having trouble here, I wrote the original fix for this problem during Wikipedia's usability study sometime last year.
http://smartassism.com/blog/post.aspx?id=4083a2b3-4f25-4361-8411-f03089e4ea90

Sadly, Apple has been made aware of the problem for a long time now, and has chosen to not do anything about it. This, despite advertising it on the OS X Snow Leopard home page as a shiny new feature.



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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: baltwo on May 26, '10 06:38:39PM
Continues to be broken. I've tried numerous times, deleting cookies, caches, and turning off wikipedia's new features. Doesn't work w/10.6.3. Details at Dictionary scroll bars
Edited on May 26, '10 06:41:36PM by baltwo


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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: osxfan57 on Jun 20, '10 06:03:42PM

Using OS X 10.6.4 and Safari 5. Followed the steps here and it fixed it completely. I've tried it four or five times since and it still is fixed. Thanks!

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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: petpirepete on May 29, '10 09:31:37AM

You have to login with Safari. I tried other browsers and it didn't work.



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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: baltwo on Jun 05, '10 11:28:39PM

That matters not. It only remembers the singular item you reset things for. Change the search term and scroll bars disappear or don't work for the Wikipedia entries.



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Dictionary/Wikipedia Bug
Authored by: Lakesarebig on Jun 13, '10 03:52:22AM

This actually works! But I'll miss the old Dictionary... Did you know you could watch videos directly from the Dictionary? Just go to a Wikipedia page, scroll to the bottom until you find a video link, click it and you'll see the website in the Dictionary application instead of it opening up in your default browser. I was able to watch Youtube and other videos by using this cool feature (since Dictionary is built using WebKit)!

Sadly this fix takes away that unintended feature. It was fun knowing my dictionary could stream videos...



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