Is there any way I can repurpose existing ActiveX controls or functionality to get IE to work with the KeyGen element?

Assistance getting Safari to work with this optional HTML5 spec would be appreciated as well.


The simple answer is 'No'. http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html/2009Sep/0043.html has a Microsoft engineer basically explaining why ("The problem with is that it fails to address the requirements that people have for certificate enrolment today").

Depending on what you want to do - you may be able to get CertEnroll to produce a reasonable analog - have a look at this MSDN blog entry which contains a pretty detailed example of using JavaScript and the X509Enrollment ActiveX object.

Of course, all of these are dated 2009, but I couldn't find any evidence Microsoft had changed their thinking.

Safari also appears to have native support (http://developer.apple.com/library/safari/documentation/AppleApplications/Reference/SafariHTMLRef/Articles/HTMLTags.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/30001262-keygen).

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