When it’s time for your kiosk to print a ticket, receipt, label, etc… the last thing you want is for the user to be prompted by the print dialog.
For security reasons your browser requires that you’re prompted by the print dialog box before printing, otherwise any webpage could start using your printer without your permission. Just imagine how annoying it would be if you visited a website and your printer suddenly started spitting out a mountain of paper.
While this security restriction makes sense in your typical web browser, it doesn’t make sense in a self-service kiosk environment. This is because on your kiosk you have total control over the content displayed to users and often have created the web pages yourself, so you know they can be trusted to use the printer appropriately.
This is why we made it easy to print without displaying the print dialog box from KioskSimple WITHOUT ANY MODIFICATION TO YOU WEBSITE.
I’m guessing you’re reading this article because you’ve decided to place your Ecommerce website on a self-service kiosk and want to save time with data entry when processing payments.
By starting your web browser in “kiosk mode” it effectively converts the web browser into a self-service kiosk application. The goal of running your web browser in kiosk mode is to “cripple” the web browser so that all of the typical web browser navigation functions are stripped away, giving you complete control over the users experience.
The problem is this still leaves the Windows operating system vulnerable to user tampering since it’s trivial to exit most web browsers by pressing Alt-F4 (and several other methods) and thereby dropping to the Windows desktop. This is why we created KioskSimple, to not only run your web browser in kiosk mode, but actually secure the Windows operating system. In many cases you’ll also want to control the web content users will be permitted to access and limit it to that of your organization which is also made possible by KioskSimple. Continue reading “How to Start Your Web Browser in Kiosk Mode with KioskSimple”