2010-02-11

IECanvas build

In my previous blog entry I've mentioned Vladimir Vukićević's IECanvas experiment, but at that time my IECanvas build was not working.

In the meantime I've made it work, added support for the new IE8 xml namespace, removed some of the ActiveX usage popups (there is only one infobar popup at first run), packaged it in a small installer.

Souce code with all dependent libraries (cairo, pixman, libpng, zlib) is located here. Download the 32bit installer from here (329Kb)

I've made a screen cast about how IECanvas experience looks like (nice beta fish background):



The two presented canvases are: squares with alpha blending and clock (which should look a bit different in other browsers than in the video)

One only needs to add the xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml/canvas" attribute to a <canvas> tag to have canvas working on IE, but the <canvas> support in IECanvas is far from complete.

<video> will have the same user experience as the IECanvas ActiveX,
and it theory it should be able to coexist with the <canvas> tag.
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