Have Chrome (or FireFox) be the ILLiad default browser
Several of our library's databases don't play nice with IE anymore, so when searching for an article while in ILLiad, we have to cut and paste the link into another browser before we can continue the search. This would (hopefully) be eliminated if IE were not the default browser.
Planned for ILLiad 9.2 of Q2 2021
To answer Jen's question, the default browser will be updated during the 9.2 release for any out-of-the-box features such as DOCLINE, Logon to Web, etc. If you are having any problems with any particular addons, feel free to send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have started updating some addons to include:
If it's a 3rd party addon, we can try to contact the vendor. Since there are so many addons and not all Atlas addons are widely used, we are handling them on a case-by-case basis with allocating development efforts. If you are interested in making the changes yourself, I wrote some information in the post here: https://support.atlas-sys.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/1500000646662-Thank-you-for-attending-ILLiad24-. If you still have questions, please let me know.
Marcia Stegenga commented
I also do ILL for my library, and I think it would be much more efficient for everyone if they had another browser beside IE. It doesn't always allow us to do everything we need to do.
Sally Schwaner commented
I do ILL for my library. An increasing number of library catalogs will not open in IE. That requires me to copy and paste the library website into Chrome. Then go back to the request to copy and paste the title. Back to Chrome to paste it in so that I can get to the holdings. Doing it for one library was an inconvenience. Doing it for multiple 'favorite' libraries is a hassle. Could we be given a choice as to which browser is accessed or could IE be dropped and Firefox/Chrome be used as the default browser.
Jordan hormel commented
Is there a fix for this (integrate a different default browser, such as Chromium) in the works, such as a patch or a new version release? If so, can you please provide a release date that we can pass along to our users?
Braxton Van Gundy commented
Illiad opens holdings from other libraries in Internet Explorer (IE). Many modern sites do not render correctly on IE because it is so old. As of now, there is no way to change the browser Illiad integrates with. Please utilize a more modern browser such as Chromium or another Open Source alternative.
Kate Z. commented
I'm so glad that Atlas will be working on setting a different browser by default in ILLiad!
I do want to throw in that I hope you'll consider looking at Firefox after all. With so many users focusing on Chrome, many site developers are starting to focus solely on functionality in Chrome and not referring to official web standards, essentially allowing Google to set the standards for what the web looks like. As a librarian, I feel it's important to focus on open source rather than proprietary options and to prioritize options that better respect user privacy.
Jen Salvo commented
Yay! Thank you for the update, Sara! One detail we would need to know is if all addons available in the ILLiad Addon Directory will be rewritten by Atlas Systems or if individual libraries will need to re-write their own to use a different browser (and what support Atlas may be able to provide for that -- a sample script or copy/paste script). No need to have the answer now, but since the browser is mostly used through addons, this is a significant need. Thanks!
Hello all, thank you for showing interest in this enhancement idea. The product team has decided to update the default browser to either Chromium or Microsoft Edge Chromium in the next version release of ILLiad (v9.2) scheduled for the end of Quarter 2 2021. Atlas is still researching which browser type would be best.
To see an updated list of other features planned for the next release, check out the ILLiad Roadmap: https://www.atlas-sys.com/illiad-roadmap. I might be back with a question or two once we begin the development phase of the release.
If I have any additional updates on this feature such as a release date, I'll post them in this thread.
Thank you again all for your upvotes and comments!
Paul Gahn commented
I think Atlas has said Edge with replace IE.
Please update ASAP!
Docline plugin has stopped working here at UTHSC. Our ITS is pushing some deprecation ahead of Microsoft final end of life.
Melissa Jackson commented
Please allow me to add my vote for this as well. Microsoft is no longer supporting IE, so this situation will only get worse. :(
Please, please Internet Explorer is not lorger working for several of the addons, I get several error messages before it kicks me out. I would be very helpful and a lot less frustrating not to have IE as the default browser. Thank you.
Stan Huzarewicz commented
Please update ILLiad so that addons will open browser other than Internet Explorer. Thanks!
Mike Paxton commented
We've started to get Not Supported errors on some database & publisher sites, and I expect that will increase over time.
This is very much needed!
Yes. Please give an update. Will Google Chrome or Fire Fox be available to use instead of IE?
Jen Salvo commented
Atlas Systems Folks - can we get an update on this? IE as a browser is causing problems rendering websites correctly and basically making this functionality unusable.
Tessa Brawley-Barker commented
IE will no longer be supported at my institution within a few months as we are transitioning to Edge. IT actually prefers that we use Firefox. It would be fantastic if addons would simply open using the device's default browser instead of IE. Like Ben said below, I wouldn't mind if this means opening addons outside of the ILLiad frame as long as we aren't using IE anymore.
At my University, IE is not allowed since the security protocols do not meet their standards. IE is no longer supported since Microsoft transitioned to Edge, or so my IT people tell me. Another browser option would be great and it would get me off the naughty list with my IT people
Ben Hockenberry commented
Piggybacking on Kel's comment -- perhaps, infrastructure to open a URL on demand in an /external browser/, in a new window/tab using the computer/device's default browser rather than inside the ILLiad frame, could do this simply and effectively without requiring as much development time?
This sort of functionality could feasibly introduce the more basic ILLiad addons -- the ones that just result in a page opening -- to Tipasa's environment. I could see a "Toolkit" box on the side of a request view, in which a list of enabled custom links was provided. It would basically just need access to request data to insert into something like an OpenURL resolver's custom link/service syntax.
Kel Karpinski commented
This would be so great! Especially because I have add-ons in Firefox for Open Access articles and it would make finding articles for our students and faculty that much easier!
Also agree with some of the previous comments that IE does not work well with OpenURL add ons