Recommended Browsers for the E-Business Suite 11i

Editor Mar 2, 2007 Update:  Added latest browsers to this summary, although readers are always well-served to check Certify (on Metalink) and Note 285218.1 for the latest versions certified.

Editor Nov 27, 2006 Update:  Added latest Safari certification information.


I find it encouraging that the browser wars aren't over yet.  This is partly due to my inherent fondness for the underdog.  I also strongly believe that the lessons that biologists have learned about biodiversity and monocultures' susceptibility to disease apply to software ecosystems, too.


Firefox Download:

In that spirit, it's worth pointing out that the following browsers are supported with the E-Business Suite Release 11 for Windows XP and Windows 2000 desktop clients:
  • Firefox 1.0.4 and later
  • Firefox 1.5 and later
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 for WinXP clients only
  • Mozilla 1.7.5 and later
  • Netscape 7.2
For Mac OS X clients, the following is supported:
All of these browsers have their own set of product-specific prerequisite patches, JInitiator requirements, and so on, which suggests that a careful review of the documentation below is always a good exercise if you're considering supporting new browsers on your corporate desktops.

References:

Comments:

Hi Steve,

Would it be possible to link-out the Note 285218.1 for those of us with no metalink account but still 11i dev/users ?

Thks.

Posted by Lamine on March 02, 2007 at 12:57 AM PST #

Hi, Lamine,"Link-out"?  Unfortunately, due to Oracle Support licencing terms, I can't reproduce Metalink content here.  Metalink content is available only to registered users with valid Support licences for Oracle products.  I can summarize or cross-reference that content here, however, so I try to do that whenever it's practical to do so.  However, most of the Metalink Notes I reference are pretty long, so that's not always feasible.You might wish to contact your IT department that manages your E-Business Suite environment and ask them to pull this Note for you.Alternately, judging from the domain from which your post originated, if you're with a software alliance partner, drop me a private email and I'll connect you with someone in our Technical Alliance Management group who may be able to assist further.Regards,Steven 

Posted by Steven Chan on March 02, 2007 at 03:57 AM PST #

Not sure if this the correct place to put these comments/questions but they are all desktop client/browser related.
I seem to remember a big announcement some 18 months or so ago about certifying Linux as a desktop client for E-Business Suite. Is that still due to happen?
With Firefox 1.0.x and Mozilla 1.7.x (and Netscape 7.2 which was based on Mozilla 1.7.2) now "desupported" i.e. not getting any more security updates does that mean they will be soon dropped as being certified?
Are SeaMonkey 1.0.x (based on same rendering engine as Firefox 1.5.x) and SeaMonkey 1.1.x (based on same rendering engine as Firefox 2.0.x) being looked as replacement products for Mozilla/Netscape to be certified against E-Business Suite?

Ian

Posted by Ian Neal on March 02, 2007 at 11:09 AM PST #

Hi, Ian,1. Linux desktop clients aren't supported with the E-Business Suite yet, and we didn't start our Early Adopter Program for Linux desktops as planned (due to the known focus control issue).  At this point, I suspect we'll postpone that Early Adopter Program until the focus control issue is resolved.2. I'll have to research this one a bit more; stay tuned.3. SeaMonkey is not being evaluated as a target certification for the E-Business Suite right now.Regards,Steven 

Posted by Steven Chan on March 05, 2007 at 02:32 AM PST #

As an update to point 2. Mozilla announced back in November 2006 that "Firefox 1.5.0.x will be maintained with security and stability updates until April 24, 2007"

Posted by Ian Neal on April 02, 2007 at 04:30 AM PDT #

Yes, that's very important.  One of our senior ATG architects recently made an observation along the following lines:  if one is a good net citizen, given the steady stream of reports about browser security vulnerabilities, most organizations should set their browser preferences to the equivalent of "update automatically."  Regards,Steven 

Posted by Steven Chan on April 03, 2007 at 01:35 AM PDT #

Hi steve,

Recently we have implemented RAC and configured http load balancer. As part of our testing we have tested connectivity to application through various web browsers.

These are the strange results we have observed during our testing.

1. we are able to connect to application through IE7, But when users try to connect to application through netscape 7.2,they get an alert saying document doesnt contain data i.e at the point where applet is being build

2. when we connect to application through forms url, we are able to connect.

please suggest why users with netscape are facing issue.

Thanks,
Ram.

Posted by janakiram on August 05, 2009 at 08:53 PM PDT #

Hi, Janakiram,

Congratulations on your RAC implementation. I'm glad to hear that IE7 is working for you.

I'm afraid that AOL desupported Netscape 7 in December, 2007. We cannot support a third-party vendor's product when they don't support it themselves.

IE 7 or Firefox 3.0 are our latest certified browsers for the E-Business Suite. See this page for links to other certification resources:

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenchan/certifications.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 06, 2009 at 04:59 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

We have (finally) completed our corporate upgrade from IE6 to IE7. However, our Network folk here are giving me a lot of push back on Metalink note 285218.1 recommendation to have IE refresh its cache “Every visit to the page”. They claim that setting this setting would increase the http traffic enough to have a performance impact on the network. Because of note 760351.1 I’ve managed to convince them to set this setting for our Accounting and HR people. However, we run other SSWA like Internet Expenses. Do you know the repercussions of not setting this IE setting for SSWA or have a compelling argument that I could present to sway our network folk?
.
Thanks...

Posted by Chris Kettner on September 01, 2009 at 07:31 AM PDT #

Hi, Chris,

The short answer is that all of our certification testing with IE 7 was performed with "Every visit to the page" enabled, and that disabling this may result in unpredictable behaviour with pages that may have old or obsolete data cached.

Note 760351.1 is an excellent example of the types of things that can go wrong when the browser caches old information that the E-Business Suite expects to be refreshed upon each page access.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 03, 2009 at 03:52 AM PDT #

Hi Steven,

One follow up question on the IE settings. If "Every visit to the page" is set to Automatic, is it possible that "Stale" or inaccurate data could be presented to an SSWA/OAF or Forms user?

Thanks...

Posted by Chris Kettner on September 09, 2009 at 12:00 AM PDT #

Hi, Chris,

Yes, it's possible that stale information will be shown if "Every visit to the page" isn't checked. I don't know what IE's logic is that determines the behaviour behind the "Automatically" option. We recommend selecting "Every visit to the page," since that's the only option setting that we explicitly test with the E-Business Suite.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 09, 2009 at 06:36 AM PDT #

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