The rumors we were hearing a few weeks ago are true! November 16th is the release day for the new web based character creation utility. Am I really really excited? Well... Silverlight? Really? OK, I know it is compatible with Mac and PC (should be usable with Linux too but I won't be able to test it until the 16th) but did you have to use Silverlight?
I would have thought that HTML4 or 5 with some nice AJAX and Java Script would have been enough. Then there would be no need for an extra download. Not to mention the ability to use the site in some way with mobile devices like Android devices, iPhones or iPads. How great would it be to just use your phone or an iPad at the game table? Well we won't see that anytime soon thanks to Silverlight.
Proprietary plugins... or frankly anything that Microsoft or Adobe makes are going to lock you into very specific platforms. Using open standards like HTML4, HTML5, and Java Script let your content be maleable and allow you to easily move forward to new platforms like all these great mobile devices.
I guess I should just take my new found ability to use the Character Creator on Mac's and Linux and shut up :).