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[whatwg] <object> element feedback

From: Ian Hickson <ian@hixie.ch>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2008 23:43:48 +0000 (UTC)
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.62.0811202342250.25579@hixie.dreamhostps.com>
On Thu, 20 Nov 2008, Michael A. Puls II wrote:
> 
> The spec currently says that Opera, Firefox and Safari can use the 
> classid attribute to load the plugin if they want. This might be done by 
> mapping a classid to a plugin handler. They just need to fall back if 
> that fails, instead of then trying type and data.
> 
> The danger of mapping classid for non-activex browsers is that sometimes 
> an <object> that uses classid="" might be meant for an activeX plugin 
> that uses a different API than the NPAPI version of the plugin. This 
> where vendors would have to be careful before deciding what classids to 
> support.
> 
> If that's not the handling intended by the spec and classid is meant to 
> be IE-only, the spec should be clarified. classid isn't a valid 
> attribute, so maybe that doesn't matter.

What you describe is what I intended. There's a commented list of IDs that 
maybe they should support (based on what they do support) but I don't know 
whether to make it formal or not. So far I've opted to not make it formal. 
I think it might depend on a platform-by-platform basis.

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