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Wikipedia, when browsed via the Wii's Internet Channel, has a nice large font view. I'd like to be able to browse Gaming.SE from a Wii in a similar fashion, too. Currently I can't even search questions or tags since the Wii uses a virtual keyboard on input fields such that search on type won't work and there is no ENTER key...

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  • A few weeks or months down the road after we go live and get a real name, I bet a whole lot of new users are going to be confused when they see all these references to some "Gaming.SE" on our Meta site.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 13:38
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    I think this is a very good idea, but only when it is applied to the whole SE network, and in a generic fashion so the PSP, and iOS and Adroid devices are included too. (BTW: confirmed the wii specific problem.) Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 13:49
  • @Grace Note♦: I guess we could find/replace all gaming.SE references then, by hand if necessary. But point taken
    – Zommuter
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 14:27
  • Ahaha, sorry, I wasn't actually trying to tell you to change it. I was just musing to myself about this.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 15:45
  • @Grace Note♦: no, but in fact you're right, it will read strange if someone tries to catch up with meta's history in a year or two. Although, someone browsing meta should quite soon figure out about SE...
    – Zommuter
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 7:40
  • @GraceNote Be sure to delete these comments if you update it or they will be even more confused- HOLY COW YOU WROTE THIS IN 2010 Commented Aug 10, 2015 at 21:42

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The Wii (and it's browser) are well abandoned by now, but even if it were still supported by Nintendo, Stack Exchange is another matter:

Which browsers are supported?

We support the last two stable versions of the browsers that we see the vast majority of our visitors actually use. This does not include beta, developer, nightly, canary, or any other pre-release versions of browsers, which are not supported.
- Which browsers are officially supported, and what else do I need?

Please also see Stack Exchange's visualisation of supported browsers.


Note for read-only access, you might have some luck with services like FrogFind, which is a search engine built for vintage PCs and browsers, however in my testing it only worked for certain pages (and even then, didn't provide all the content on the page).

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If read-only access is enough for you -- have you tried StackMobile?

Example

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  • Thanks, I'll give it a shot. Asking questions via virtual keyboard (I have a notebook, no USB keyboard) would be a pain in the ass anyway...
    – Zommuter
    Commented Sep 15, 2010 at 14:17
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A Solution for the Wii specific problem would be to add a submit button on the search form, which is also doubles as a link to the search page when the form is empty.

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  • repeatedly declined on meta.so Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 2:30
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    Make the search box handheld-device friendly is what Jeff meant for example. Although I wish he'd revise this in these new times... @Jeff why not hire someone specifically for usability and accessibility issues?
    – Zommuter
    Commented Sep 16, 2010 at 7:43
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    @tobias nope, we will never have a button there as long as I am alive to prevent it from happening. Works fine on correctly written browsers, such as Android, iPhone, even Opera Mobile (latest).. Commented Sep 17, 2010 at 18:08
  • @Jeff: I guess the sites display different on these devices than on a PC? Could you then at least have SE let render the mobile version when a Wii is detected?
    – Zommuter
    Commented Sep 20, 2010 at 10:03
  • +1 even though I know know much about this type of thing.
    – GnomeSlice
    Commented May 25, 2011 at 3:37

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