Thursday, July 31st, 2008
Vladimir Vuki?evi? normally hacks on Mozilla products, but spent a little time on an experiment with IE. An experiment that looks very exciting indeed.
I love canvas, and wish that it was ubiquitous. We have great wrappers out there such as dojo.gfx, but wouldn’t it be nice if canvas worked everywhere? (and the full API to boot).
Well, Vladimir has an experiment to get it to IE. The approach is very interesting indeed. It isn’t like excanvas which uses VML… and there is a Silverlight bridge being worked on that looks promising. Instead, we have this:
I’ve been working on a native Canvas implementation for IE based on the same rendering core that’s in Firefox.
The same implementation, shoe horned into IE:
With an object tag, a bit of CSS, and (to work around another IE bug) a single line of script, <canvas> elements in HTML just work. I’m excited that this experiment is working out, because lack of Canvas support in IE is one of the reasons people skip Canvas and instead turn to Flash and other plugin technologies.
Congrats on a great hack, and here’s to you making it much much more.
Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:00 am