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1 System requirements

2 Installation

3 Appendix:  requirements, compatibility, and test-coverage

3.1 Running WordWebNav

3.2 Web-server configuration

3.3 Browser compatibility


WordWebNav:  Installation, System-Requirements, and Compatibility



1  System requirements

WordWebNav (WWN) requires:  Windows, Python 3.7 (or higher), and Microsoft Word


The appendix has additional details, including specification of the apps WWN has been tested with.


2  Installation

Tutorials for common technical tasks are available on the Internet, e.g., tutorials on zip.


Download the WWN package:

      WWN is distributed on GitHub at:  https://github.com/jimyuill/word-web-nav

      Click on the green Code button, then click to clone or to download a zip-file.

      The simplest technique is to download a zip-file.  Then unzip the file, and move the directory somewhere that is easy to find, e.g., under the Documents folder.


Install and configure Python:

      Install Python 3.7 or higher

      Then, install the required Python libraries.  At a Windows' command prompt:

> cd <to WWN repo directory>

> pip install -r requirements.txt


Copy WWN's CSS and JavaScript files to the web-server:

      (This step can be done later, e.g., after using WWN, and viewing its web-pages from the local file-system.)

      These CSS and JavaScript files will be loaded by WWN web-pages.  Typically, these files will be placed on the same web-server as the WWN web-pages.  If these files are placed on a different web-server, cross-origin CSS may need to be configured (https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Security/Same-origin_policy).

      These files are in the repo's directory "assets".

      Copy the files to the web-server, in an appropriate directory for such files, e.g., assets.


3  Appendix:  requirements, compatibility, and test-coverage

3.1  Running WordWebNav

Running WWN requires:  Windows, Python 3.7 (or higher), and Microsoft Word


WWN might work with Python 3 versions below 3.7.  However, in our testing, the required library yamllint did not install properly in Python 3.6.


WWN has been tested with:

      Windows 10

      Python 3.7.0 and 3.9.6

      Microsoft Word:

o      Software:  Microsoft 365 MSO (16.0.14131.20278) 64-bit

o      Word .doc* files in these formats:  Word 2003, Word 2010, Word 2013, Word 15


3.2  Web-server configuration

WWN has been tested on an IIS web-server.


3.3  Browser compatibility

WWN web-pages are intended for use with desktop browsers, and mobile devices with a relatively large screen.  (Smart-phone screens will likely be too small.)


WWN's CSS and JavaScript files use the libraries jQuery and jQuery UI.  The libraries' URLs and versions are specified in the WWN file:  jinja_template.html.  The libraries are at:  https://code.jquery.com.  For a WWN web-page to display properly, those libraries must be accessible from the browser.  The browser's firewall must allow access there.


For a WWN web-page to display properly, the browser must be compatible with the jQuery and jQuery UI libraries.  The major browsers are compatible.    The libraries' browser-compatibility is specified here:




WWN web-pages have been tested on these desktop browsers:

      Windows 10

o      Firefox 87.0

o      IE version 2004, build 19041

o      Edge version 89.0.774.54

o      Chrome version 89.0.4389.82


o      Firefox 86.0.1

      Mac OS (the testing service only provided a screen-shot of the loaded web-page)

o      Firefox 82.0

o      Chrome 87.0



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