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A Word About Browsers

Adapted from an article by Jeff Denton: Web Developer for the National Center for Deaf-Blindness

Updating Your Browser

Our current site is designed to work with many different types and versions of browsers. In the future, our website will continue to incorporate more and more newer web technologies that will allow us to better meet the needs of child care programs and our partners.  These new features will be best viewed if your browser is less than 2-3 years old.  To find out how to determine your browser version and find updates for it, check out this website.

A Word For Windows XP and Internet Explorer (IE) Users

If you are still using a machine powered by Windows XP, you must use either Firefox or Chrome to successfully use  the website.  Windows XP only supports Internet Explorer up to version 8 which will not be compatible with the new site.  If you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7, please make sure that IE is updated to version 9 or 10.

Security and Support

New browsers better protect you from viruses, trojans, scams, and other nasty stuff that can find you from around the web.  Additionally, new browsers are supported with patches and updates to maintain a good level of security.  Old browsers are likely not supported or updated any longer, leaving you vulnerable to attacks.

Your web browser is a powerful tool.  Its job is to routinely run custom pieces of software called websites that are often indistinguishable from desktop software. Your browser usually performs this task quickly and flawlessly; however, it does need a little bit of your attention every now and again.

The best thing you can do to maintain your security and productivity on the web is to keep your browser up to date. These days, updating your browser takes almost no thought at all as most browsers either auto-update or ask you if you would like to download the latest version.  Updating your browser is always free.  

Some benefits to keeping your browser current:

Compatibility and Speed

We know that we can't expect a copy of MS Word 2003 to properly open and display a document from Word 2013.  Ten years is a generation in software development and features and capacity change.  We expect changes to make our tasks faster and increasingly seamless.  Browsers are no different.  We can't expect Internet Explorer 7 (released in 2006) to work very well with modern websites. Pages will not be displayed properly and many of the critical functions of certain web applications may not work at all with older browsers.  

Modern websites require a lot more of your browser than even 3 years ago. Autocomplete or type-ahead search, table sorting, drag-and-drop, multiple file uploading ... your browser is largely responsible for making these cool things happen and it requires a lot of computing power.

The opinions and policies expressed by this publication do not necessarily reflect those of The Teaching Research Institute, Western Oregon University, the Office of Child Care, or the U.S. Department of Education.

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