Google removal page in Safari

Posted by Pierre Igot in: Macintosh
September 24th, 2004 • 12:05 am

This is a strange one. Yesterday, while doing a search in Google, I found a reference to a web page that I had helped design that was on my HomePage web site at I didn’t want this page to be indexed or archived by Google, but of course, the automatic web page design tools provided by Apple do not include the option of adding the required meta tags in the page’s header.

I should have added the tags myself manually right after creating the pages, but I didn’t, and one of these pages ended up being indexed by Google just the same, even though only a handful of people knew about it. So I went to the Google web site to find out how to get Google to remove a page from its index and cache.

After a certain amount of fruitless browsing, I ended up using Google’s internal search engine (used to search for pages on the company’s own web site). One of the first results of my search was this page, which explains what you need to do.

The problem is that this page refers you to Google’s automatic URL removal system (once you have included the appropriate meta tag in your page). But when you click on that link in Safari, you are taken to… a page that’s encoded in some Asian language!

Very strange.

I ended up copying the URL and opening it in Camino, which worked just fine. But for some reason if you try to use that page with Safari, you get Asian text instead of the expected English.

7 Responses to “Google removal page in Safari”

  1. LoonyPandora says:

    Looks odd indeed – probably related to the sloppy HTML in the page that doesn’t validate – can cause plenty of problems… Safari could do a better job of handling it though

  2. Pierre Igot says:

    My text encoding is set to “Default” as well, and I still get the Asian font… Anton, which version of Safari are you running?

  3. Anton says:

    When I open the url in Safari, I get a normal page. My text encoding (in the view menu) is set to default.

  4. Pierre Igot says:

    Same version of Safari here. Interesting thing about cookies. If I disable cookies completely in Safari, the page fails to load. I’ve also tried deleting all my Google-related cookies, but I still get the Asian font.

    Oh well :).

  5. Anton says:

    I am running Safari 1.2.3 (v125.9). There is one pecularity which happens when I click your second link: I get a warning page from Google about enabling cookies. When I hit the reload page button, it renders the login page correctly.

  6. Pierre Igot says:

    Nope, I too have ISO Latin 1 by default, and I tried switching to Times instead of Georgia (my default) and still got the Asian characters (with a bit of Times sprinkled here and there).

  7. Anton says:

    I looked at one more thing. In my prefences under the Appearance tab I have selected Times and Courier as my fonts and encoding as Western (ISO Latin1). Maybe that helps.

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