Technical Requirements

Browser specification

Our support strategy involves fixing any reported problems and actively testing developments to our system within the browser versions specified in the table below:

Browser Supported Versions
Internet Explorer 9+
Firefox Latest Stable
Google Chrome Latest Stable
Opera Latest Stable
Safari 6+

Browsers should also be set to:

  • Accept cookies. Cookies are used to login and save personal settings for features within SCHOLAR.
  • Enable JavaScript. JavaScript is used throughout SCHOLAR to provide a richer experience for the user including generating pop-up windows.
  • Allow pop-ups.
  • Allow Flash for SCHOLAR urls.

Plug-in specification

The plug-ins required to view all the content within SCHOLAR are listed below. We will only be supporting versions of the plug-ins that are supported by the vendor itself. It is therefore advised you download the latest version from the vendor sites and keep yourself updated:

Plug-in Download
Flash http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
PDF Reader http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/
Java http://java.com/java/download/

Enabling Flash

If you have Flash installed but are unable to see Flash content, you may need to allow Flash content in your browser by adding SCHOLAR to your trusted sites. Follow the links below to get instructions for your browser

Browser Instructions
Chrome Enable for Chrome
IE Enable for Internet Explorer
Firefox Enable for Firefox
iOs and Android Use Puffin Acadmey Browser - see instructions below

SCHOLAR on the go

Adobe has officially dropped Flash Player support for mobile devices. Since our content still contains a large number of Flash activities the Puffin Academy Browser can be used to view Flash content on iOS and Android devices.

The Puffin Academy Browser is a freely available browser for both Android and iOS devices. You can install Puffin Academy Browser from one of the following app stores:

To get round the issue of circumventing web filtering policies it only accepts URLs from a whitelist of approved sites. This means you will be unable to edit the URL bar, instead you can make use of Bookmarks to get access to SCHOLAR:

  1. Select "Add Bookmarks" from Puffin Academy options
  2. Set the name to: SCHOLAR
  3. Set the location to: http://scholar.hw.ac.uk/login
  4. Click save
  5. Select "Bookmarks" from Puffin Academy options
  6. Select "SCHOLAR" from the list of Bookmarks 
A Quick Tip: Puffin Academy is the best available, free solution for playing Adobe Flash content on mobile devices. It does however take a bit of practice to use successfully. For example to use our drag’n’drop activities, quickly double-tap the item to be dragged. Instead of lifting your finger after the second tap, hold and drag.