Browsers

We now do most of our development using Google Chrome. We also test extensively using Firefox, and to a lesser extent, IE, Edge, and Safari. If you find a problem with any of our extensions using any of those browsers, please tell us. We don't routinely test in Opera but we will attempt to fix reported issues.

At the front end, all of our extensions should produce HTML that validates as HTML5. If you discover an HTML validation error, please tell us and we will fix it. We don't worry so much about validating the back end, but if you find something that renders incorrectly, please tell us and we will fix it. We validate to CSS 3.0 where possible.

PHP Versions

We develop and test using PHP 5.3, 5.5 and 7 on Mac, Windows and Linux. We have PHP error reporting set to E_ALL | E_STRICT, which means that our released code should not issue any errors or notices. If you do see any errors or notices, please tell us and we will fix them.

Databases

Joomla 3 now supports other databases besides just MySql. Our extensions only support MySql. If this is an issue for you, please let us know. If we receive a significant number of requests to support different databases, we will have to decide what to do. We develop and test using MySql 5.5 and 5.6.

Javascript Frameworks

Most of our extensions use small snippets of standard Javascript to improve the user experience. There is nothing unusual in that and it shouldn't cause any problems. More advanced interfaces like popup date pickers, advanced menus and photo galleries, usually need help from a Javascript library, or "framework". There are lots of Javascript frameworks, lots of different versions, and incompatibilities can arise.

We are careful to adhere to the best possible practices in our usage of Javascript frameworks, but we can't be responsible for Javascript compatibility issues on your website. If you are building a complex site with lots of complex extensions, be prepared to spend some time resolving Javascript compatibility issues. With a complex site you should to add features and extensions one by one, testing as you go.

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