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FAFSA on the Web and Internet Explorer 4.01

PublicationDate: 1/23/98
Summary: FAFSA on the Web and Internet Explorer 4.01
Author: CPS - Central Processing System (CPS)


January 23, 1998

TO: All EDE participants
FROM: U.S. Department of Education
RE: FAFSA on the Web and Internet Explorer 4.01

The Department of Education has received inquiries regarding why the most recent
version of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE 4.01) is not supported as a certified
browser for the FAFSA on the Web applications. The intent of this message is to
explain why this decision was made.

Each Internet browser version released for production is tested with the FAFSA on the
Web software to ensure the data edits work correctly and the data is being accurately
submitted to the FAFSA on the Web database.

Due to a JavaScript incompatibility in Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) 4.01, the
accuracy of data could not be guaranteed, thus the browser could not be certified for
use. The Department of Education has reported this issue to Microsoft and are
currently working with them to see if the browser will support FAFSA on the Web in
future releases.

Browsers which have passed our certification standards and are supported by FAFSA
on the Web are the domestic versions of:

Netscape Navigator 3.0 - 3.04 (Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, or Macintosh)
Netscape Navigator 4.0 - 4.03 (Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows NT)
Internet Explorer 4.0 (Windows 95, or Windows NT)

The Department of Education continues to pursue this issue with Microsoft. We are
currently evaluating Netscape Navigator 4.04 and expect to certify that browser in the
near future. We will evaluate new versions of browsers as they are released and will
support each version that meets the certification standards.

If you have any questions, please contact FAFSA on the Web Customer Service at
1-800-801-0576, or via email at FAFSAWEB@NCS.COM.

Last Modified: 08/16/1999