The Internet Explorer team and Fox Studios entered into a partnership to create the Project Prometheus Training Center -- designed entirely in HTML5 -- giving fans the chance to demonstrate they are capable of being a crew member on the Prometheus ship.
"The HTML5 experience leans heavily upon jQuery for the UI and controls, and the team even created a special 3D library for the Spatial Relations and Prefrontal Cortex Assessments to import features such as 3D models, lighting, hit testing and camera rotation," wrote Ryan Gavin, General Manager, Internet Explorer.
"The Training Center hosts a series of online physical and cognitive assessments that will test your ability to be a functioning member of the Project Prometheus team, including testing emotional and intelligence quotients, spatial relations, agility, and even your ability to withstand 46 G's. The top performers will be featured, and every day we will highlight one "Elite Applicant" that has top performing test results across all five assessments," Gaving explains.
"By partnering with the Internet Explorer team, we were able to create an online experience that makes visitors part of the Prometheus experience. The HTML5 and hardware accelerated capabilities of Internet Explorer 9 gave us the power we needed to provide amazingly realistic mental and physical challenges that bring the Training Center to life," said Ira Rubenstein, EVP Digital at Twentieth Century Fox.
The code library will be available for download on Internet Explorer's GitHub channel in the coming weeks.
In other IE news, amid the complaints from Google and Mozilla about web browsers running on Windows RT (also known as Windows 8 ARM), the Regulators in Europe said they will make sure Microsoft complies with its commitments to ensure competition in the browser market.
Windows RT grants full access only to Internet Explorer (IE) and effectively blocks other browsers from accessing important functions, according to Mozilla. Its complaint was backed by Google, which makes the Chrome browser.
"The Commission is aware of these allegations and will remain vigilant that Microsoft fully complies with its commitments under the Commission's 2009 decision on browsers. This decision applies to Microsoft's Windows operating system for PCs," Antoine Colombani, the Commission's spokesman for competition, said via email Tuesday.
The Commission wouldn't say Tuesday if it believes Microsoft is violating the terms of the agreement. However, Colombani emphasized that the 2009 decision "doesn't go any further" than PCs.
Microsoft declined to comment Monday on whether it thinks it's required to offer a ballot screen in Windows RT.