A proposal for addition to HTML 3.0: EMBED

This is the second in a set of proposals that Netscape is submitting for 
consideration by IETF and W3.

Note: We are holding off on submitting officially to the RFC Editor until we can 
work up some adequate DTD ATTLIST and ELEMENT definitions. Actually, we're 
looking around a bit for DTD experts...

To respond at an admittedly superficial level to several issues recently raised 
about Netscape's support for EMBED:

We believe that there is some justification in increasing the size and 
redundancy of the specification if the result will be specific enhanced 
usability. To this end, we think that EMBED is more straightforward and more 
easily understood and implemented by the <em>average</em> content developer than 
the proposed alternative to provide REL support for A tags. We're not holding 
ourselves up to be some grand altruistic bunch of usability-zealots. We merely 
believe that in this particular case, the proposal here is appropriate.

Additional marketing-oriented material that shows a specific implementation of 
EMBED is available at: 

Alex Edelstein

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      A Proposed Extension to HTML: Embed

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EMBED allows for the embedding of arbitary objects.


The EMBED tag allows the insertion of arbitrary objects directly into
an HTML page. Embedded objects are supported by application-specific plug-ins.
EMBED can take arbitrary attributes.

The following general attributes are defined on EMBED:
SRC (required) - Specifies source URL.

HEIGHT - The object's image will be scaled to fit the specified height
and width.

WIDTH - The object's image will be scaled to fit the specified height
and width.

Authors Address
HTML Authorship Effort
C/O Alex Edelstein, Product Manager - Non-Stinky Cheese Products
Netscape Communications Corp.
501 E. Middlefield Rd.
Mountain View, CA 94301


Alex Edelstein
Sr. Product Manager, Netscape Navigator
Netscape Communications Corp.

Viva Cheddar

Received on Tuesday, 19 September 1995 23:09:21 UTC