Quark & Silverlight?

Microsoft’s Silverlight is a technology sorta kinda like a cross between Adobe’s AIR and Flash technologies. (Please excuse this very rough analogy — I invite the techno-experts in the crowd to correct me if they can.)

Anyway, two project leaders from Quark’s Emerging Technologies group sat down with Microsoft’s ISV Architect Evangelist for a video interview. (In Microsoft-speak, ISV stands for Independent Software Vendor.)

Silverlight Video

This very interesting 13-minute video interview with Kapil Tundwal and Mohan Dhandapani is full of programmer terminology, and I didn’t fully understand it, but it seems to indicate that Quark is experimenting with Silverlight as a possible way to deliver high fidelity, cross-platform, interactive something-or-other. They use the term “pixel pages”. Perhaps someone can fill me in on what that means…

(I found this patent related to pixel pages, but I still don’t understand what it is.)

For more info on Silverlight see Microsoft’s page here, www.silverlight.net.

This is their definition:
“Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows.”

On another page, www.microsoft.com/silverlight/default_ns.aspx, Microsoft defines it as this:

“Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.”

Whatever it is, Quark’s looking into it.