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Requirements for Running Web Soil Survey

Supported Web Browsers

Web Soil Survey has been tested on the following browsers.

Microsoft Windows 7:

  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Firefox 49.0.1
  • Google Chrome 53.0.2785.143

Microsoft Windows 7 - USDA CCE:

  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Firefox 49.0.1
  • Google Chrome 53.0.2785.143

Screen Size

The optimal screen size for Web Soil Survey is 1024 × 768 pixels or higher. The software has been tested and works correctly at screen sizes as low as 800 × 600 pixels, but the smaller the screen, the more you will have to scroll.

Display Resolution

The optimal screen resolution for Web Soil Survey is 1024 × 768 or higher. The software has been tested and works correctly at resolutions as low as 800 × 600, but the lower the resolution, the more you will have to scroll.

JavaScript

To run Web Soil Survey, JavaScript is required. If JavaScript is disabled in your browser, the application simply will not work at all. You will see an error message in this case.

Cookies

Web Soil Survey maintains a session between the server and your browser. This requires that session cookies be enabled for the Web Soil Survey site. Session cookies are valid only for your current browser session. They are maintained only in browser memory, not written to your system’s disk. If session cookies are not enabled, the application will end your session with a message saying session cookies must be enabled.

If you would like Web Soil Survey to remember your preferences after the end of the current session, you must enable persistent cookies for the Web Soil Survey site (nrcs.usda.gov). Persistent cookies are written to your system’s disk, for use when you return to a web site in the future. Web Soil Survey does not require persistent cookies, except for this feature.

Popup Blocker

By default, Web Soil Survey opens some content in an external browser window, specifically:

  • The Web Soil Survey home page
  • Links to other sites
  • Portable Document Format (PDF) files created by Printable Version and “Get Now” in the Shopping Cart tab’s Checkout form.

If you have a popup blocker configured, it will probably not allow this. If you wish to open these types of content in an external browser window, configure your popup blocker to allow popups from this site.

Alternatively, you can configure external content to open in the same browser window. Click the Preferences link in the navigation bar at the top of the page. Uncheck “Open Links and PDF files in External Windows” and press Save Preferences.