Question: Google Maps and Old Versions of Safari

Google Maps may no longer work in older versions of Safari, Apple’s web browser. Joel Riggs wrote yesterday: “For the past 24 hours it appears that (aka Google Local) is not loading in Safari browsers … is this an ‘upgrade’ that fails the test of backwards compatability?” He’s using Safari 1.3.1 on Panther (OS X 10.3.9); I’m running the most recent version of each (Safari 2.0.2, OS X “Tiger” 10.4.3) and have encountered no new problems with Google Maps. I’ve done a quick check of the relevant Google Groups, but I’ve come up with nothing. Can anyone shed any light on this? Can anyone else reproduce Joel’s issue?