IE Update and ColdFusion MX 7
April 4, 2006 ·
In light of the chatter on some ColdFusion mailing lists about the IE Update, I thought that rather than believe what I was reading, I would try it out for myself. I have Windows XP running (on Virtual PC, for testing) so I installed the IE Update per Microsoft's instructions and then started visiting some sites with Flash content. My first stop was Matt Woodward's "Flex your CF muscles" Macrochat recording. This rendered just fine in the updated Internet Explorer, playing audio and video as expected. When I moved my mouse over the movie, a tooltip appeared indicating I needed to click to activate it - while the movie played happily in the background. I clicked and then I was able to interact with the pause/play/other controls. My next site was a Flash form generated by ColdFusion 7. The form rendered just fine and, again, moving my mouse over the form showed the tooltip so I clicked and was then able to interact with the form. Interestingly, activating the "control" caused the page to scroll up so the form was centered on the page (vertically) which actually made it easier to interact with the form (half of it was below the "fold" when I first loaded the page). Finally I went to look at some Flash charts generated by ColdFusion 7. Again, the charts rendered just fine, with all the introductory animations - bar charts growing up to their necessary height, ribbons floating into place and so on. The initial mouseover showed the "click to activate" tooltip and, after clicking once, I was able to see the usual tooltips on the charts and graphs and click on hyperlinked elements within the charts. I just wanted to share that as a 'sanity check' against some of the misinformation I'm seeing out there. I'd heartily suggest that anyone has concerns about the IE Update actually try it out (on a testing server!) to find out what the real impact to your applications and users might be. For more official information, check out the Adobe Active Content Developer Center.