[General] IE9 will support life? -and some Java progress

Peter Fraser pfraser at spatialmedia.com
Mon Nov 23 13:33:54 CET 2009

Hi Livelies

1. Is it just my imagination or is MS getting serious about IE?  A new 
VM (with radical new innovations -like tagged integers!) and a new 
graphics stack on DirectX.  I never thought it would happen (at least 
not yet,  I expected they would keep back-pedalling on IE to give 
Silverlight room).  The only missing piece from an LK perspective is 
what graphics api they will provide (surely they will have to provide 
something to replace vml -be it canvas?,svg?,xaml?).  

Maybe this "browser as general platform" idea has got some legs after 
all :-)

2. Java progress

A Batik powered applet that runs SVG/javascript turns out to be 
trivial.  There is even an example in the source distribution, and after 
a fashion, with a number of issues that I haven't looked at, and with a 
snappy start time of about 8 minutes  -it runs LK.

an example can be coaxed into almost-life at the URL below:


Pete F

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