Does anyone with an Ipad 2 have a Database lisitng under the Settings for Safari

On page 284, under the Ipad setting for Safari, second paragraph down talked about "Tap Databases to see content Safari stroes locally on you Ipad. I don't have a Database listing. I only have JavaScript, Block Pop-ups and Accept Cookies. Is this for only the Ipad? I have an Ipad 2.
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  • Hi Angela--

    Thanks for your note. The author, J.D. Biersdorfer, will be in touch with you to get a little more info so she can help you figure this out.

    Best regards,
    Peter McKie
    Missing Manuals
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  • I'm the author of the book and after some testing between Peter, Angela and myself here, I think we have an answer here. After a couple days of tinkering on different iOS devices, it looks like the Databases option appears in the Safari preferences only after you visit a website that happens to store some information locally on your iPad -- and then you may have to give it a nudge to display that info. For anyone looking for the Databases line in the Safari settings, here’s the workaround we all found.

    First, from the iPad’s Home screen, tap the Settings > Safari. Confirm that you have no entry for Databases underneath the Accept Cookies line, and make sure JavaScript is switched to On.

    Next, press the Home button and tap the Safari icon to fire up your browser. Now it’s time to visit some sites that are known to make deposits in the database. One easy one to visit is already bookmarked on the iPad — just tap the Bookmarks icon at the top of the Safari window, flick down to the bottom of the list and tap open iPad User Guide. Tap around on a few entries to pick up some data deposits. Using the online Help guides that come with the iWork suite (if you have it) should also work. And if you have a Yahoo Mail or Gmail account, log into it from Safari — that should leave some info from those sites on your iPad.

    After you’ve surfed a bit, return to Settings > Safari. If you still don’t see a Databases entry, reset your iPad by holding down the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for several seconds until the Apple logo appear. Let go of the buttons, wait for the iPad to reboot and return to Settings > Safari. The Databases entry should be there now. If you don’t see it, please let me know and we here at Team Missing Manuals will investigate further.

    Thanks to Angela and Peter for helping me test!

    J.D. Biersdorfer
    Author, "iPad 2: The Missing Manual"
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  • And if you don't want to allow anyone to deposit data bases on your iPad and collecting information without consent by the user? At least Safari on my MacBook is decent enough to allow me to switch off that capability.
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