Filed under: Internet · Date: Sun Oct 26 09:15:40 2003
Macromedia has put up a nice page for developers who're concerned with the upcoming changes in the way Internet Explorer handles embedded content. If most of your visitors are using the latest version of Internet Explorer, and there are flash animations in your site, you might be interested in the story.
The whole buzz over this issue is because Microsoft, and some other parties, think that the website authors must be in control of the browsing experience of the user. However, we've seen too many pages which only work with bizarre system requirements, or they think that a certain version of a certain browser is only capable of displaying the page correctly. If the website author is kept in control, the browsing experience may not be pleasant.
But unfortunately it's in the best interest of software giants like Microsoft, to have the web sites display "correctly" (ie. as the web page author intended) on their products only.
Changes to HTML code are required for embedded objects, like Flash and Java. Some methods of embedding the objects will trigger a dialog asking users permission to load the object. The dialog is triggered for object, embed and applet tags.