Google does it again

Once again demonstrating their Ajax prowess, Google engineers bring standard canvas support to IE.

Canvas is an HTML tag proposed by the WhatWG group that allows you to render arbitrary graphics on a web page without using a plug-in like Flash. Here's a static picture of one example:

Canvas example

All the major browsers have implemented the tag with the notable exception of Internet Explorer. Now the wizards at Google have figured out a way to do this on Internet Explorer using one of MS's proprietary VML extensions under the covers.

The software has been released on SourceForge under an Apache license. While it's still something of a work in progress, it does show how the dynamic nature of Javascript, plus the determination of a few talented coders, can go a long way to overcome any standards foot-dragging by our friends in Redmond.