Interesting discussion going about the Browser support for Moodle 3.2 #Moodle

There is an interesting discussion going on in Moodle Tracker about updating the browser support policy for future Moodle releases started by Damyon Wiese – Moodle Core Developer. Since Moodle 3.2 will contain a new Bootstrap 4 based theme so Moodle has to support only those browser versions who are supporting Bootstrap 4.

The proposed changes by Damyon have to be adopted from Moodle 3.2 onwards and would mean that Moodle would only officially support the latest and latest – 1 version of each major browser at the time of release.

Interesting discussion going about the Browsers support for Moodle 3.2 #MoodleReasons:

The main reasons behind this proposal are:

  • We have technical requirements for the new Bootstrap 4 theme in Moodle.
  • All browser vendors have moved to a continuous update model.

If you would like to also provide your feedback/suggestions/comments about the proposed changes, then you can post in this forum thread or in the Tracker issue here.

I am not in agreement with the proposal as it will force all the learners to update their browsers which will be very difficult especially for developing countries. The best way forward should be based on the actual browser version usage stats and then deciding the version requirements for a particular Moodle version.

What’s your opinion about the proposed browser support policy? Share your creative thoughts in the comments section below.

Jaswinder Singh

Jaswinder Singh, passionate about using Moodle in improving the Indian Education System and reaching the students in far flung areas where still education seems to be a impossible prospect of life. He is the author of the popular Moodle Book “How to use Moodle 2.7”. In October 2016, Jaswinder was elected as the Moodle User’s Association Committee member – the first to make it from India.

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  • Hello Jaswinder

    Why do you think updating the browsers will be difficult?

    • Hi Bharat,

      It may be dependent upon several reasons like:
      1. Internet Unavailability especially in Rural and Remote areas.
      2. Organizations choose to go for ESR releases of browsers which are generally supported for one year like for Mozilla –
      What’s your opinion about that?

      • I agree with the points specified by you but don’t you think supporting older browsers will hold back design advancements in Moodle as developers will still have to support older browsers.

        And if people are not able to update their browsers for some reasons then they can still use ‘Clean’ theme which will properly work on old browsers too.

        • I appreciate your views but it is just my perspective and experience with many non-technical users and especially teachers.

  • Ivan Putski

    Jaswinder is exactly correct. If it comes down to eating bread or downloading your new browser which would you do ? Then as Moodle progress with many new features making learning more accessible, many will be stuck with a more difficult path of knowledge advancement.

    • Many Thanks Ivan,

      Have you shared your views/thoughts about the tracker issue?