Browser requirements for WorldShare Interlibrary Loan

Tip of the Week December 5, 2013

OCLC WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan is tested with specific browser versions in conjunction with each release of new functionality, to ensure the best possible experience for users of the service. Newer browser versions are needed to enable use of the new and expanded features of WorldShare ILL. This tip summarizes current browser requirements and provides advance information about a change in support for Internet Explorer version 8.

The browsers and versions most recently tested with WorldShare® Interlibrary Loan are:

  • Mozilla Firefox® 25.0 (preferred browser)
  • Google Chrome version 30.0.1599.101 m
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer versions 8.0, 9.0 or 10.0

SUPPORT FOR USE OF INTERNET EXPLORER 8 WITH WORLDSHARE ILL WILL END FEBRUARY 2014.


Beginning with the February 2014 release of new features to WorldShare ILL, OCLC will not test WorldShare ILL with Internet Explorer 8. This change is in line with Microsoft's plan to end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. The service will continue to work with Internet Explorer 8; however, over time users will likely experience degradation of functionality.

This decision has been made for several reasons:

  • Microsoft requires users to update from IE 8 to IE 9 through Windows Update (although users are able to opt out of this update).
  • Internet Explorer 8 does not support HTML 5. This hampers our ability to provide a contemporary, rich user experience in WorldShare ILL.
  • Modern browsers provide better security and performance.
  • Supporting out-of-date browser versions adds to development and support time. This has an impact on how quickly new features can be delivered on WorldShare ILL.

Do you use Internet Explorer 8 now?

  • If your institution plans to continue unsupported use of Windows XP after April 8, 2014, we highly recommend that you install either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for an improved experience with WorldShare ILL.
  • If you are currently limited to using Internet Explorer 8, now is the time to begin working with your technical staff to upgrade your browsers to Internet Explorer 9 or 10, Firefox or Chrome.

If you are not sure which browser is in use at your library, you can use this online tool to find out.
A Windows life cycle fact sheet is available on the Microsoft site.

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