October 10, 2003
Macromedia's Eolas Vaccines

I just took the time to read Paul Betlem's Article about Macromedias upcoming tools for preparing your websites to the pending IE updates. (Has that article just been posted or did I simply overlook it before?)

Funny enough they will pretty much go along the lines of the Eolator - there's not much else you could do anyway. To break it down: there will be a crawler (a basic command line version for developers and a fancy graphical version for hairdressers) that does some regular expression checks to your pages. If it finds the correct OBJECT pattern it will try to make sense out of it and convert it into a form that is patent conform (WHAT is really patent conform only the lawyers will decide, let's hope the current workaround is).

Obviously there are some things these tools will not be able to change: dynamically created pages can only be repaired manually as the crawler cannot access their source code and would break it if written back to the server. As the crawler has no admin rights you will still have to copy the changed files manually back to your server.

What sounds interesting though is the proposed server plugin option though it doesn't look like it will rewrite the output automatically, but only generate error logs for the admin.

Posted at October 10, 2003 06:51 PM | Further reading
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