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Re: Applet, Target, Object, Embed in XHTML 1.1

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 07:57:49 +0000 (GMT)
Message-Id: <200302040757.h147vnY01444@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: www-html@w3.org

> to invoke an Active-X object ?  Is there some central registry
> (not in the Microsoft sense of the word!) where such parameters
> are enumerated and classified ?  If not, what is to prevent

The point about guids ("globally unique identities" - and ignoring 
any questions as to whether they really are unique, absolutely or
with high statistical confidence) is that you *don't* need a central
registry.

This means that individual intranets can have their own, locally written,
ActiveX controls, without having to register them globally, or even 
maintain a company wide register.  My guess is that Microsoft don't make
much money from the internet use of object in HTML, but make a lot from
internal use by companies, each of which will be paying for several MSDN
licenses to develop the software (and is much less likely to be using
unlicensed software than individuals).

This feature is really an intranet/extranet feature that just happens
to have internet uses as well.  The object id feature, is, of course,
essentially only for Windows, even if there is nothing legally preventing
its use by other systems.
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