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In order to use WikiFoundry, you will need to make sure you are using a supported web browser. Read on for details!

Supported Browsers

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Supported means that the browser will work with most or all of the features WikiFoundry offers. This means you will be able to utilize the entire EasyEdit toolbar.

At this point, only browsers using Trident, Gecko, or Blink technology run properly on Wikifoundry, and they are as follows:


Unsupported Browsers

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These browsers will not properly work with the features that WikiFoundry offers.

You will be able to view the pages, but not utilize the whole EasyEdit toolbar.

  • Internet Explorer (1-6)
  • Safari



Other information

Keep in mind that while the above browsers are listed as supported, there may still be some issues with each one, as each browser is a little different from the others, even though some may use the same engine.

Also, it is highly recommended you keep you browser up-to-date, as it ensures you are using the latest web technologies, and the latest security improvements.

Click on the browser icons to go to the download page for the stable version of the browser.

Internet Explorer 9 logo
Trident
Mozilla Firefox
Gecko
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Blink
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Blink
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Trident & Blink
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Internet Explorer 7-8 are still supported, however, due to security flaws, it is highly recommended that you upgrade to the latest versions.
*: Internet Explorer 9 is only supported on Windows Vista with Service Pack 2 installed thru Windows 8.1. Internet Explorer 10-11 are only supported on Windows 7, 8, & 8.1.

How Browsers Affect your Experience

The challenge of getting one's webpages to work in all browsers is daunting. With complex, dynamic, database-supported, software-driven websites such as those offered by WikiFoundry, it simply isn't possible for websites to work equally well in all browsers.
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Browsers differ in several fundamental ways (
Warning: Technogarble Ahead!):
  • Basic Features Offered (Example, the Opera browser offers a sophisticated built-in email program);
  • HTML Processing - How the page formatting language basic to all webpages is converted into a visible page;
  • CSS (cascading style sheet) rendering - CSS defines a page's layout. It's what gives a site it's "look and feel." Though there technically is a standard for how to render CSS, some browsers (notably Internet Explorer) do not adhere to the standard. This makes it very difficult to make a page look good and function well on all browsers.
  • JavaScript features and performance (JavaScript, a programming language, is built into most modern browsers, but how it is interpreted varies a bit from browser to browser).
The last three considerations particularly impact how well WikiFoundry works in a browser.

Other Requirements

Flash Installed
All computers need the most up-to-date version of Adobe Flash to access some features: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
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JavaScript Enabled
Many features that WikiFoundry uses requires that JavaScript is enabled in your browser settings.
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Cookies Enabled
Cookies are small files that are stored on your computer by a web site to give you a unique identification. We use cookies on our sites to provide certain functionality and help optimize your online experience.

Q & A

Q. What are the differences between the supported and unsupported browsers?

A.
The primary difference is the engines that run them. Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox run on the Trident and Gecko engines respectively. Safari runs on the Webkit engine. And Google Chrome and Opera run on the new Google Blink engine, which is a fork of the Webkit engine; Maxthon runs on Trident and Blink. While most websites now function with any of the aforementioned engines, WikiFoundry still is coded to only properly support browsers with the Trident, Gecko, or Blink engines.

Ultimately, it is the engines which allow browsers to either support or not support WikiFoundry. Since WikiFoundry was originally started as Wikis by Wetpaint, before Webkit engines like Safari were popular, they aren't currently supported. As of November 6, 2013, the Blink engine was added to the supported engines, allowing Chrome, Opera, and Maxthon users to enjoy WikiFoundry.


Q. How do I find out what browser I'm currently using?

A. At the top of your browser you should see a menu option marked "Help". If you click on Help you should see "About (browser name)". Here's an example with the FireFox browser:
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Q. I keep getting a clipboard message when trying to edit my page. Why is that?

A. It's a security warning setting that can be changed in Internet Explorer. Here's the fix:
  1. Go to Tools -> Internet Options.
  2. Go to Security tab.
  3. Select “Internet” zone, then click on “Custom level…” button.
  4. Scroll down to “Scripting” section (at the bottom few).
  5. Under “Allow Programmatic clipboard access” option, check or select (tick) Enable. Default action for this option is Prompt, which cause the pop-up message whenever there is any attempt to access the Clipboard.
  6. Click 'Ok' twice to exit from Internet Options.
That should do it. If you want to read more on the subject, here's an article by microsoft.

Q. Why can't I use Safari on WikiFoundry?

A. Currently, WikiFoundry is not able to fully support the Safari browser. When using Safari on WikiFoundry, some features will work and others will not. WikiFoundry has been working diligently to find solutions for the features that are not currently supported by Safari.

Q. How do I clear my browser's cache and cookies?

A. Many minor issues such as problems signing in or accessing a page can be alleviated by clearing your browsers' temp files and cookies from time to time. Use the processes for below to clear your cache and cookies for each browser.

For Firefox users on Windows Platform computers:

  1. Click on the orange 'Firefox' tab at the top left-hand corner of the window.
  2. Hover over 'Options' then select 'Options':
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  3. Click on the 'Privacy' tab on the Options Window that appears, then click "clear your recent history" as shown below:
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  4. On the new window that appears, select how far back you want to clear, and what all you want to clear.

For Firefox users on a Mac:

  1. Choose Firefox > Preferences
  2. Click on the "privacy" tab.
  3. Click "remove individual cookies
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For Internet Explorer users:

  1. Click on "Tools"
  2. Select "Internet Options" from the drop-down menu
    Internet Explorer 7 - Tools - Internet Options
  3. Click on the "Delete" button in the section for Browsing History
    Internet Explorer 7 - Internet Options - dialog
  4. Click the buttons to "Delete files..." and "Delete cookies..." or click on the "Delete all" button
    Internet Explorer 7 - Delete Browsing History
  5. Click "Yes" in the confirmation dialog box

For Google Chrome users:

  1. Open Chrome and click on the Tools button.
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  2. Place your cursor on the option 'Tools', and on the box that pops up, select 'Clear browsing history...'
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  3. On the new window that appears, select how far back and what all you want to delete. The default settings should be fine for any issues that you've experienced in the past hour, though it might be safer to just select 'the past day'.

For Opera users:

  1. Open Opera and click on the Opera button at the top-left of the browser.
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  2. On the drop-down that appears, place your cursor on 'More Tools' and select 'Clear browsing data'.
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  3. On the new page that loads, select how far back and what all you want to delete. The default settings should be fine for any issues that you've experienced in the past hour, though it might be safer to just select 'the past day'.

For Maxthon users:

  1. Open up Maxthon, and click on the Tools button, which is similar to Chrome's.
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  2. On the drop-down that appears, select 'Clear browsing history'.
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  3. On the box that pops-up, select what all you'd like to clear and click the 'Clean now' button.
    Browser Support - WikiFoundry Central
    Note: If you'd like, you can check the box at the bottom where it says 'Auto clear on exit' which means it will clear the currently selected each time you close the browser in the future.

Q. Can I use access WikiFoundry from my mobile phone?

A. Yes, you can! WikiFoundry has it's own mobile version, but it still has a few kinks. It's new, so that's expected. If you prefer, you can read WikiFoundry sites from any mobile browser, including OpenWave and BlackBerry Browser in Desktop view by clicking on the 'Full View' link at the bottom of the screen.
Most mobile web browsers have only limited support for JavaScript and Flash, so you will not be able to use all of WikiFoundry's features, but you can use some, such as posting new threads, and adding replies to already existing threads.




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