IE and Eolas Patent Woes

Well, I was really hoping Microsoft would find a way out of this, but the Eolas patent “fix” to Internet Explorer 6 for Windows XP/2003 has come home to roost. It apparently rolled out in this week’s updates, despite reports of a delay in its release.

We’re now starting to get reports of problems with the Flash navigation and QuickTime movies on our college Web site from internal users.

I was overjoyed a few weeks ago when we finally got our Flash and QuickTime content to load in pages using Web Standard markup, and now the “solution” to Microsoft’s fix is to either script all tags or fork the markup for different browsers. Talk about a step backwards.

If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, there’s some reading material in my del.icio.us bookmarks.