[whatwg] name/codebase attributes on object element

Vlad Alexander (xhtml.com) vlad.alexander at xhtml.com
Mon Oct 22 06:56:05 PDT 2007

I noticed that the latest HTML 5 draft states that the "name" and "codebase" attributes are not allowed on the "object" element.

1. Plug-ins, such as XStandard, use the "name" attribute for submitting content to the server without the need for JavaScript. This makes for an accessible solution. XStandard has been doing this for 4 years in some browsers. IE, Firefox and Opera support this feature. This attribute serves a vital role for plug-ins.

2. The "codebase" attribute is the only way to auto-install or update plug-ins in IE. This is an important feature that should not be removed without providing an alternative solution.

3. The HTML 5 draft states that the "embed" element is used for plug-in content. The "object" element is a better mechanism for loading plug-ins and is supported by all browsers. The HTML 5 spec should state the "embed" or "object" elements can be used for loading plug-ins.


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