Problems with using Google Chrome or Safari with Moodle 1.9…and some possible solutions

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If you are a fan of Google Chrome or Safari and a Moodle course teacher and designer, you may well be frustrated because the browser only shows a basic text box to edit with rather than a full HTML WYSIWYG editor. So, I’ve done some homework 🙂

The answer to ‘why’ (from Mauno Korpelainen sourced from here): “The reason is simply that poor, old HTMLArea (default editor of moodle) together with old settings in moodlelib.php:

  • /lib/moodlelib.php checks if browser is Fire Fox or Internet Explorer and does not allow other browsers to use editor
  • /lib/editor/htmlarea/htmlarea.php does not allow Chrome to render editor”
Here We see a black thread passing through the...Image via Wikipedia

I discovered some description of fixes (although I can’t vouch that they’ll work):

  1. This blog post gives a non-technical and a technical fix: Making Moodle work better on #Chrome browser
  2. This is the solution where you use this patch to update your Moodle server to support Chrome and Safari – but obviously only useful if you have access to the Moodle server (or the folk who look after the server):
  3. And this, is a more techie, down and dirty, but probably really effective, fix (from Miles Berry sourced from here)
“Getting Chrome to tell Moodle it’s Firefox appears to work; on a Mac one can do this via the terminal on a session by session basis, under Windows you can pass the necessary –user-agent option via properties.
On a Mac, open the terminal and type (or paste):
/Applications/Google\\ Chrome –user-agent=”Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; Intel Mac OS X 10.6; en-GB; rv:1.9.2) Gecko/20091218 Firefox 3.6b5

I still get an annoying ‘Mozilla < 1.3 beta is not supported’ pop-up, but HTML area and AJAX then do work.”

About ictenhancedlearningandteaching

I am a director and consultant at Ethos Consultancy NZ ( I have a keen interest in all aspects of ICT Enhanced Learning and Teaching (ICTELT) where the focus lies on ways of scaffolding and empowering learners. In particular, I am interested in the way that creative, blended approached to Academic Professional Development can create trust, rapport and encourage reflective practice. As such, ICTELT is approached from facilitation, design, evaluation and assessment as opposed to the tools and what they can offer. I am a strong advocate of the potential of Web 2.0 to empower learners from all walks of life and cultures, especially after my experiences working for 6 years in the Middle East. In particular, I am interested how ePortfolios can be used in the VET sector (especially where Literacy and Language challenges are faced), in Recognition of Prior Learning, and in authentic, applied assessment. I have been involved with designing and developing ICTELT approaches and programmes for ten years. Following research informed approaches and design, I apply a qualitative, iterative process to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions, programmes and tools, encouraging learners' voices and input from all stakeholders.
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