[whatwg] OBJECT as a link target?

Dean Edwards dean at edwards.name
Tue Jun 14 13:25:10 PDT 2005

Hallvord R M Steen wrote:
> Dear list,
> often a page needs to interact with a plugin and tell it to load
> another file. Today this is of course done with JavaScript, which is
> difficult because most plugins have different JS interfaces, and there
> are also differences between the plugins' ActiveX based interfaces in
> IE and the NPAPI plugin ones.
> Hence I thought it would be a great simplification if we could do the following:
> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" id="myMedia"
> data="init.swf" ></object>
> <a href="animation1.swf" target="myMedia"> load movie 1 </a>
> A compliant UA would detect that the target was a plugin and not a
> window, and call the plugin's NPP_NewStream method (I think, I don't
> know NPAPI well at all) to notify it of the new file to load. I think
> backwards compatibility is pretty good since a non-compliant UA would
> open a new window for the new file.
> What do you think of this idea?

I like it. +1.


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