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[Bug 7075] New: The embed element should be deprecated

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Date: Fri, 03 Jul 2009 10:04:09 +0000
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           Summary: The embed element should be deprecated
           Product: HTML WG
           Version: unspecified
          Platform: PC
               URL: http://dev.w3.org/html/spec/#the-embed-element
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: HTML5 spec bugs
        AssignedTo: dave.null@w3.org
        ReportedBy: scampa.giovanni@gmail.com
         QAContact: public-html-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: ian@hixie.ch, mike@w3.org, public-html@w3.org

The embed element has no fallback abilities, and thus is completely useless

- users of accessibility technology
- users of text browsers or other browsers which don't support plugins (but
still are required to support <embed>)
this includes search engines and data mining tools
- users with plugins disabled
- users with a missing plugin for the required content and no ability to
install one

In addition, the embed element has no use that could not be served by the
object element, that in addition has rich fallback and more media types usable
(including still images and nested browsing contexts).

Therefore, the embed element, its attributes and its processing requirements,
should be moved to the obsolete section (where currently reside applet and
Conformance checkers should inform the page author about the object element (as
validator.w3.org always did) and conforming documents must not include an embed

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