Canvas Browser Requirements

As we begin thinking a bit more about Canvas, many of you may be interested in the current Canvas web browser requirements, as compared to those of our current LMS, Angel.  Remember, Angel requires a fairly recent version of either Internet Explorer or Firefox.

On the other hand, because it’s built using web standards, Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, & Android or any other device with a modern web browser.

If you are interested in minimums for Canvas, here they are:

Internet Explorer 8instructure_man
Chrome 9
Safari 5
Firefox 3.6
Flash 9 (if you want to use the audio/video recording / viewing or Chat features  [ and you do – KB ])

But rather than focusing on minimums, we highly recommend using the newest version of whatever browser you are using and the Flash 10 plug-in.

Other Notes:

Canvas will work fine without Flash installed, you just won’t be able to use the audio/video features (like media comments or web conferences) or be able to use the Chat functionality.

It will work fine in IE8, you just won’t have any rounded corners and rendering and interaction on a lot of pages will be noticeably slower than in a good browser like Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

There are no other browser plugins used by Canvas, this means you never have to worry about Java not working on the system.

The Canvas user interface was optimized for desktop displays; small form factors such as phones may not be as pleasant to use Canvas with. We recommend trying out our Mobile App (link to if you are on an iPhone.

There are only two hard requirements:

  • You have to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.
  • No IE 6, it’s just too old to be able to do the interactive things Canvas does.

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