ColdFusion 8 Ajax Browser Support

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I was asked this a few times, but what is the official supported browser list for ColdFusion 8 Ajax support. I kept telling people to check the Developer's Guide, but it isn't there. You have to look in the CF8 Release Notes. From that:

To use ColdFusion AJAX features, you must have one of the following browsers: *Firefox 1.5 and later
*Internet Explorer 6 and later
*Safari 2.0 and later

I had thought IE5 would work as well, but I was wrong. Note that 8.0.1's release notes mentions this:

The FCKEditor component used in the cftextarea tag's rich text editor has been updated to version 2.5. As a result, the rich text editor now supports Safari 3 and Opera 9.50 browsers.

This seems to imply Opera can be used as well, but without it being on the "official" 8.0 release notes, I'd probably guess that support isn't complete.

If you are on a browser that isn't officially listed, let's say Opera, it doesn't mean you are totally out of luck. Not all the Ajax stuff is front end related. Don't forget about support for returnFormat and JSON on the server side.

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Archived Comments

Comment 1 by Steve Walker posted on 6/21/2008 at 7:36 PM

FYI - Opera requires a workaround for the text editor to be visible. Press F12, Edit Site Preferences, Network Tab, and under Browser identification choose mask as Internet Explorer.

Comment 2 by Emmet McGovern posted on 6/21/2008 at 8:05 PM

IE5 Hah!

Comment 3 by Rev posted on 1/31/2012 at 1:54 PM

Can we run ColdFusion website in Google Crome browser?
Help me in this..
Thanks in Advenace

Comment 4 by Raymond Camden posted on 1/31/2012 at 4:54 PM

ColdFusion is a server side language - and while it has some front end stuff like the Ajax controls, for the most part, it is HTML-agnostic. So the answer is yes.