This is weird! ...

In Firefox, for this site only, I've am getting a screen full of basic text (and an occasional .png), but I've lost most of the decoration. There is still a semblence of structure, but horizontal tables are now vertically aligned... There is no bling!
Plain ASCII may have its place, but not here!

Have I inadvertently tripped some menu option? If I did, I can't find it again.

I've disabled my add-ons, all bar the original Ubuntu Firefox Mosifications, but that hasn't helped...
I rebooted; still the samee.

Any suggestions?

  • This seems like you may have accidentally blocked the CSS file for the site. Commented Oct 8, 2010 at 15:32
  • @marco: Perhaps so, but I don't know how to unblock it if that's the case. Is there such an option built into the standard Firefox?
    – Peter.O
    Commented Oct 8, 2010 at 16:04

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As Marco says it sounds like there is a problem with the CSS file(s). Try Ctrl+F5 and/or Shift+F5 to force a reload of not only the page but the associated files (in this case the CSS stylesheets).

If that doesn't work you could try clearing your cache (an option in Clear Recent History).

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    Thanks fluteflute... It was Ctrl+F5... a "secret" hot-key! I can't find any reference to it in the menus, but then again I can't find F5 mentioned either, and F5 is pretty much the standard "page-refresh/reload" key in most (if not all) browsers. Ctrl+R is shown instead, and yet F5 works too... Okay. Problem solved.
    – Peter.O
    Commented Oct 8, 2010 at 18:31
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    You can use the more memorable Ctrl+R to Reload a page, and Ctrl+Shift+R to reload more (the page and all its dependencies, such as images and stylesheets, and ignoring any data cached on intermediate proxies too). Commented Oct 8, 2010 at 20:41

Are you using a 3G wireless provider like O2 that proxies, caches and compresses lots of their users downloads?

I find that if I try using the website on my phone over 3G, it has no CSS, etc (as you describe)

  • @Oli: I'm hard-wired via ADSL, so that won't be the problem.., Thanks anyhow. ... PS: and it works fine in Konquerer (which I downloaded to check if it was only a Firefox issue).....
    – Peter.O
    Commented Oct 8, 2010 at 15:14

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