[whatwg] The embed element

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Wed Apr 26 07:44:40 PDT 2006

On Wed, 26 Apr 2006, Anne van Kesteren wrote:
> Quoting Ian Hickson <ian at hixie.ch>:
> > Basically I envisage having <embed> being for plugins, <img> being for
> > bitmap images, and <iframe> being for nested browser views, with <object>
> > being an element that autodetects whether to use a plugin, display a
> > bitmap image, or act as a nested browser view based on the content. (For
> > historical reasons, of course, the elements don't exactly fit this mold,
> > but it's close enough IMHO.)
> I think having <embed> only for plugins doesn't scale. It also doesn't 
> reflect implementations as they have to support it for SVG for example 
> which some support natively.

Right, as I said, for historical reasons the elements don't exactly match 
that. However the basic principle is as I described; the exceptions are 
all "logical" extensions to that (e.g. "plugins" can be browser-native).

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