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Subject: Re: [cgmo-webcgm] IE ActiveX Update

So is MS going to rename it, "InActiveX"?

At 09:43 AM 4/5/2006 -0400, Benoit Bezaire wrote:
>[sent on behalf of Ralf]
>Hi All,
>let me clarify one detail. After installing the so called "IE ActiveX
>Update" the initial display of embedded CGM objects is not affected. The
>update only prevents the automatic user interaction with the embedded
>object. So we don't see any interactivity (events, tooltips) without
>activating the control.
>The same restrictions appear for other embedded ActiveX controls as well
>(e.g. SVG Viewer, Flash).
>Details can be found in the MSDN article "Activating ActiveX Controls"
>Best Regards,
>- Ralf
>Tuesday, April 4, 2006, 4:49:37 PM, you wrote:
> > Hi,
> >   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
> >   patent).
> >   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
> >   update).
> >   - 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.
> >   Regards,
>  Benoit   mailto:benoit@itedo.com
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