By now we all should have heard it - as Microsoft wants to save themselves some 521 million dollars they will soon make some updates to their Internet Explorer that allow them to sneak out of one of these absolutely bogus trivial patent cases. Unfortunately this little update will cause an alert box to pop up whenever an active-x plugin inside an HTML page is started. This is something that affects us flash developers painfully. Fortunately Macromedia has already published some possible cures that you will have to apply to all sites that you've ever built that use flash.
insertObject(unescape("%3COBJECT classid%3D%22clsid%3AD27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000%22%0A codebase%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fdownload.macromedia.com%2Fpub%2Fshockwave%2Fcabs%2Fflash%2Fswflash.cab%23version%3D6%2C0%2C79%2C0%22%0A WIDTH%3D%22600%22 HEIGHT%3D%22130%22 id%3D%22eolator_head%22 ALIGN%3D%22%22%3E%0A %3CPARAM NAME%3Dmovie VALUE%3D%22eolator_head.swf%22%3E %3CPARAM NAME%3Dquality VALUE%3Dhigh%3E %3CPARAM NAME%3Dbgcolor VALUE%3D%23CCCC99%3E %3CEMBED src%3D%22eolator_head.swf%22 quality%3Dhigh bgcolor%3D%23CCCC99 WIDTH%3D%22600%22 HEIGHT%3D%22130%22 NAME%3D%22eolator_head%22 ALIGN%3D%22%22%0A TYPE%3D%22application%2Fx-shockwave-flash%22 PLUGINSPAGE%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.macromedia.com%2Fgo%2Fgetflashplayer%22%3E%3C%2FEMBED%3E%0A%3C%2FOBJECT%3E"))
Okay - this doesn't look as nice as Macromedias version, but it also doesn't need a 7K and a 5K external library - my quasimondo_vs_eolas.js is just 53 byte.
I have turned this into a little widget called EOLATOR which you are free to use - AT YOUR OWN RISK of course. The pages that I have converted until now work fine, but all this is so fresh that we don't know if Microsoft even get's through with their little trick. Should you come across any errors - the comments are yours:Posted at October 07, 2003 10:23 PM | Further reading