[whatwg] Markup for external content

Asbjørn Ulsberg asbjorn at ulsberg.no
Sat Mar 31 19:29:25 PDT 2007

On Fri, 23 Mar 2007 18:59:47 +0100, Henri Sivonen <hsivonen at iki.fi> wrote:

>> * <applet>: the (old) way of activating Java. Probably must also die,  
>> though I'm unsure about this one.
> Why must it die? Browsers have to support it anyway, so documenting it  
> and letting it pass conformance checking seems sensible.

I agree to documenting it, but it should definately be deprecated in  
favour of e.g. <object>.

> I don't like applets, either. In fact I've never seen a Java applet that  
> wasn't either useless, better implemented in JavaScript, better  
> implemented in Flash or better in a window of its own rather than in a  
> replaced element rectangle. Still, pretending that <applet> doesn't  
> exist won't make applets disappear. :-(

It's not about fighting Java on the web, it's about not giving it its own  
special element, when -- as you point out -- it does exactly the same as  
Flash does, which doesn't have its own element.

Asbjørn Ulsberg           -=|=-        asbjorn at ulsberg.no
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