Desktop platforms are hardware, software and operating systems required by end users on desktop computers to utilise VET e-learning content and systems. This section provides recommendations for the minimum set of browser plug-ins and the minimum software and hardware platform that VET practitioners should have access to, and that developers should use to test their e-learning content with.
The Desktop Platforms specifications are based on statistical data and information provided by the VET sector through the E‑-standards Expert Group, and represent a baseline minimum of what is most commonly in use in the sector. The Recommended Applications (see list below) system requirements as defined by their various publishers have been cross-referenced with the Recommended Test Platforms (see table below).
You may wish to use the Software Analyser Tool to check your current computer setup and plug-ins.
Usage note: As a minimum the following applications should be available in the test environment.
Usage notes: Content creators need to check that what they are developing is tested and operates properly in the following desktop environments because they represent a baseline minimum of environments being used in the VET sector.
|Component||Windows 7 32bit (64bit)||Macintosh|
|CPU (processor)||1 GHz+ x86
|Intel Core Duo 2.0GHz|
|RAM (memory)||1GB (2GB)||2GB|
|Operating system||Windows 7||MAC OSX v10.9
|Video monitor (resolution)||1024x768|