Most of the Interactivate activities are Java applets and as such require a Java capable browser. Most modern web browsers are capable of running Java applets, but some browsers run Java better than others. Some browsers are not capable of running Interactivate activities adequately (or at all). Below is some information about which browsers can be used with Interactivate activities and how (if necessary; it's probably not) to configure your browser to run the activities properly.
Browsers that you should avoid
How to "enable Java"
How to get your browser to run Java 1.1 applets
We test all the Interactivate activities on the following browsers. The activities may run on other browsers as well.
Microsoft Windows browsers:
The Interactivate activities will not run on Netscape 3.x or Internet Explorer 3.x under Microsoft Windows or Macintosh OS. Also, Netscape 6.0, 6.1, and 6.2 under Macintosh OS 8.x and 9.x have a known bug that causes activities with more than one drop-down menu to function incorrectly. Many activities will still run corrctly under Macintosh Netscape 6.x, but if you have access to another browser it is probably best to use that browser until Netscape fixes the bug.
How to "enable Java"
If you have a Java-capable browser but the activities will not load, you may need to enable Java in your browser. The method for doing this differs from browser to browser.
Netscape under Microsoft Windows, Macintosh OS, or Linux
Internet Explorer 4.x under Microsoft Windows
Internet Explorer 5.x and 6.x under Microsoft Windows
Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x under Macintosh OS
Some of the Interactivate activities require Java 1.1. This is a new version of Java which is stabler and allows us to create better activities. It is supported by almost all browsers, but in a few cases you will have to install additional software. These cases are described below.
If you want to test your browser to see if it will run Java 1.1, click here. If the applet appears, your browser is Java 1.1-ready. If it does not, read on.
Netscape 4.x under Macintosh OS 8.x or 9.x
Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x under Macintosh OS 8.x or 9.x
Netscape 3.x, 4.0, 4.01, 4.02, 4.03, and 4.04 under Microsoft Windows
Note: even with this plugin, Netscape 3.x is incapable of running some Interactivate activities properly. If you are using Netscape 3.x, we strongly recommend that you upgrade your browser.
Internet Explorer under Microsoft Windows XP