In a post over at blogstats I was discussing how some of our interactive visualizations don't work under every circumstance and how it is handy to have them with you on your mobile phone. But it is no secret to even a mildly addicted web user, that a lot of times it is Internet Explorer that hinders progress. However critizising Microsoft and their web offerings might be a nice pastime for some, going the non-Internet-Explorer route usually means excluding half of your customers.
This website advocates the use of open standards for data driven graphics, namely SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) and it is this technology that is not at all supported in Internet Explorer. Adobe provided a – reasonable at the time (2001) – plugin that got end of lifed in January 2009, leaving a significant questionmark for content providers who used the SVG format.
The SVG Web Toolkit is currently in its alpha stages but is already running well enough to adapt an animated populaton pyramid to it, as is showcased on this site. The election atlas is also making good progress in running on Internet Explorer via the Flash plugin and will hopefully be released on this site soon.
Labels: en, flash, ie, populationpyramid, statistics, svg, svgopen, svgweb