Browser support & platform requirements
We try to support a wide range of browsers, but we also have limited resources and supporting older browsers can prove quite challenging. In deciding which browsers to support fully, we consider the number of users who will want to use a platform, and the amount of effort and expense involved.
Older versions of Windows may not support newer versions of Internet Explorer, but will support Firefox, Chrome, Opera, and many others. The security weaknesses in older browsers are serious, and it is good practice to upgrade to newer browsers whenever possible.
The Browser Choice website shows a variety of browser options.
Currently, we test on the following web browsers:
- Internet Explorer 9
- Firefox 18
- Chrome 24
- Opera 11
We currently test browser compatibility on the Windows platform only, with occasional testing on Apple Mac OS X.
We no longer test Safari for Windows as it's not developed any more.
Although we test on a limited range of browsers, many older browsers are compliant with modern standards and will work correctly. For example, earlier versions of Firefox, Chrome and Safari are all very similar.
Unfortunately, not all previous browser versions are so helpful. In particular, Internet Explorer 7 and, especially, Internet Explorer 6, are more difficult to support fully.
IE8 / IE9 Compatibility View mode
Internet Explorer 8 & 9 have a Compatibility View mode, which offers users a level of backwards compatibility for some or all web sites when enabled. Of course, with that mode enabled, it doesn't offer any of the benefits introduced in IE8 & 9.
Because we no longer fully support IE7, we suggest you have IE8 & 9's Compatibility View mode switched off for UKGA.
Tablet & iPad compatibility is generally good, with full support for mapping. There maybe minor layout problems on some tablets. Please contact us if you discover any anomalies.
Currently we offer limited support for mobile browsers. However, most aspects of the site will work with Android & iOS platforms.
We are working on a dedicated mobile site, optimised for smartphones. The mobile site will support key functions only and dedicated mapping for small screens.
Adobe Flash is no longer required for mapping functions.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Reader is required for downloading and using flight planning PLOGs. We currently test with Adobe Reader X 10.0.
Note that on the Apple platform, the inbuilt PDF support may not display PLOGs correctly. The Adobe Reader must be used instead.
Similarly, with Google Chrome, the inbuilt display plugin does not work correctly. You must install Adobe Reader, disable Chrome's internal PDF plugin, and enable Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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