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OBJECT out of hand

From: Garth Wallace <gwalla@hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 23:43:34 PDT
Message-ID: <19980430064334.1700.qmail@hotmail.com>
To: www-html@w3.org
The OBJECT tag seems overloaded to me. If the point of HTML is to 
describe content, why eliminate two descriptive and intuitive tags and 
replace them with something generic? By descriptive tags I am referring 
to IMG and APPLET, whose meaning can be easily gathered from the name 
(EMBED, the third tag it replaces, is almost as meaningless as OBJECT). 
Looking at a webpage written using OBJECT instead of IMG and APPLET, you 
would have to look at the TYPE attribute to see if whether the OBJECT 
was an image, a java applet, a plug-in, etc.

Things like this really need to have separate tags, if only to make the 
HTML source understandable. I know that John Doe on Geocities uses 
FrontPage to design his site, but some of us still hand-code the stuff.
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