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Subject: IE ActiveX Update


  Microsoft is about to release some troubling IE updates for ActiveX
  controls... this is regarding the EOLAS vs Microsoft lawsuit. The
  deployment (Windows Automatic Update) of these updates will
  apparently start in April. Future versions of Windows and IE
  (pre-installed on systems) will be shipping with the update
  (specific dates unknown).

  A system with such an updated version of IE will require user
  interaction (via a click) before a CGM file embedded in HTML can be
  displayed on screen. A bad user experience is about to begin for CGM
  users unless they start changing their web pages.

  The workaround suggested by Microsoft, Apple, Macromedia etc... is
  to remove the <object> tag from HTML pages and add a script to every
  web page which dynamically inserts an object tag (if the <object>
  tag is dynamically inserted, it's not in violation of the EOLAS

  This needs to be dealt with at multiple level...
  - CGM vendors have to deal with this (generators of HTML + CGM)
  - Users needs to update their existing web page (or block the
  - How do we (cgmopen) ease the transition for the webcgm community?
  - The test suite will need to be updated (in my opinion).
  - Some early experiences with Itedo's code base shows some problems
  with the WebCGM 2.0 'onload' param when the <object> tag is
  dynamically inserted. This may be specific to our implementation,
  but if not; the group needs to take some decisions about the
  'onload' param.

  It would be good if vendors/users of this mailing list could
  collaborate about this as it affects all of us.

  Ralf, if some of the information is inaccurate, please let us know.


 Benoit   mailto:benoit@itedo.com

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