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The status of <object>

From: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2000 17:24:11 +0200
Message-ID: <044101bfd094$7b81bae0$80f5a8c0@cwi.nl>
To: <www-html@w3.org>
Cc: "HTML WG" <w3c-html-wg@w3.org>
Because of some errors or ambiguities in earlier XHTML drafts there has been
some confusion about the role of <object> in future versions of XHTML.

In order to make the decisions public as quickly as possible, I am posting
this to the public HTML
mailing list.

This is the official position:
    <object> will be in XHTML 1.1 and XHTML Basic.

There has also seemed to be some misunderstanding about how <object>
operates, and that it would require a big implementation effort in a small
browser. But quoting from HTML 4

    A user agent must interpret an OBJECT element according to the following
precedence rules:

    1. The user agent must first try to render the object. [...]
    2. If the user agent is not able to render the object [...] it must try
to render its contents.

This means that a browser is only required to render objects it is able to.
If it doesn't implement images, or whatever, it just renders the content of
the <object> element instead.

Steven Pemberton
Chair, HTML Working Group
Received on Wednesday, 7 June 2000 11:25:08 UTC

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