Sunday, November 10, 2002

Cross-browser standards-based objects!

A List Apart has a great new article by Drew McLellan detailing how to add Flash animations to Web pages for most major browsers with just the OBJECT tag (and no EMBED), thus sticking to standards.

Those who've seen the new 5th edition of my HTML book will note (in the Multimedia chapter) that I lamented the whole OBJECT/EMBED situation. In short, only OBJECT is valid XHTML. Current browsers support OBJECT except that IEWin insists on adding a proprietary ActiveX control which trips up most other browsers. So you're forced to use the non-standard EMBED tag in order to get the thing to work cross-browser/cross-platform.

I haven't yet fiddled around with the examples, but I'm encouraged by the promised results.

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