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Safari Recommended Browser Configuration
Last Updated: Oct 17, 2019 11:24AM EDT

This article applies to:  Echo360 Admins

If you access Echo360 directly through the Echo360 URL, you may not need to change any of your browser configurations. However, if you access Echo360 through an LMS such as Canvas or Moodle or Blackboard, and PARTICULARLY if the Echo360 window is opened inside of a browser frame, the below-listed changes to the Safari cookie settings will likely be necessary in order to view Echo360 class recordings and LIVE streams as provided.

In addition, if you use Keyboard navigation to maneuver through the interface, see the below section on Enabling Tab Key Navigation.

Privacy Settings (allowing cookies) in Safari

Cookies contain some of the current session and authorization information we need to know who you are and to allow you to view content. This is especially important where a main website such as the LMS or your University Portal tries to open Echo360 inside of a frame. In this case, the cookies are necessary for the two authentication mechanisms to talk to each other and open Echo360 content for you.

To configure cookie settings in Safari for macOS:

  1. Open Safari
  2. Click the Safari menu and select Preferences.
  3. Click the Privacy tab.
    Safari 11 preferences with Privacy tab shown and options to disable identified
  4. DISABLE both the Prevent cross-site tracking option AND the Block all cookies option. Both of these boxes must be unchecked.
  5. Close the Safari Preferences window and refresh or restart your browser.

If you are using Safari on a mobile device running iOS 11 or later, the Safari necessary configuration options are labeled the same as those in the above procedure and reside in Settings > Safari

To configure cookie settings in Safari for iOS:

  1. Open Settings and scroll to Safari.
  2. Scroll down to the Privacy and Security section of the page
  3. Review the current setting for Prevent cross-site tracking and Block all cookies. Both of these sliders must be OFF, as shown in the below figure, in order to view Echo360 content through Safari on a mobile iOS device. 
    Safari Settings in iOS11 as described

Enabling Tab Key Navigation and Scrollbar Options in MacOS and Safari

The Mac Operating System (MacOS) and Safari both have preferences settings around using the Tab key to navigate an interface that are not enabled by default. These settings are also discussed in this article:

You may also want to adjust your scrollbar settings for MacOS (also shown below) if you are having problems seeing the scrollbars in Echo360, particularly in Activity/Polling Slides.

To enable full tab-key navigation in the Operating System Preferences:

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Keyboard from the options available.
  3. Select the Shortcuts tab.
  4. If you are working with an older MacOS, select the All Controls radio button from the bottom of the dialog box, as shown in the below figure.
    Older Mac operating system keyboard shortcuts preferences with tab option selected as described
  5. If you are working with a newer MacOS, enable the Use keyboard navigation checkbox at the bottom of the dialog box, as shown in the below figure.
    Newer Mac operating system keyboard preferences with keyboard navigation option identified as described
  6. For Scrollbar settings, return to the main page of System Preferences options, and click General.
  7. Under Show Scroll Bars, select Always to ensure the scrollbars in Activity/Polling slides always appear for you. The When scrolling option may also be sufficient, but adjust these as needed.
    Mac operating system general preferences with show scroll bars options identified as described
  8. When finished, Quit System Preferences.

Safari also does not enable the use of the Tab key to move between all interface controls, so you will need to enable this setting to allow for this type of keyboard navigation

To enable Tab navigation in Safari Preferences:

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Select Preferences from the Safari menu.
  3. Select Advanced from the options at the top.
  4. In the Accessibility section of the page, enable the checkbox for Press Tab to highlight each item on a webpage, as shown in the below figure. 
    Safari General Preferences with Accessibility option for Tab highlighting enabled as described
  5. When finished, close the Preferences dialog box.

Tabbing through the browser interface should now allow you to access all items on a page.
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