[whatwg] <object> element feedback

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Thu Nov 20 15:43:48 PST 2008

On Thu, 20 Nov 2008, Michael A. Puls II wrote:
> The spec currently says that Opera, Firefox and Safari can use the 
> classid attribute to load the plugin if they want. This might be done by 
> mapping a classid to a plugin handler. They just need to fall back if 
> that fails, instead of then trying type and data.
> The danger of mapping classid for non-activex browsers is that sometimes 
> an <object> that uses classid="" might be meant for an activeX plugin 
> that uses a different API than the NPAPI version of the plugin. This 
> where vendors would have to be careful before deciding what classids to 
> support.
> If that's not the handling intended by the spec and classid is meant to 
> be IE-only, the spec should be clarified. classid isn't a valid 
> attribute, so maybe that doesn't matter.

What you describe is what I intended. There's a commented list of IDs that 
maybe they should support (based on what they do support) but I don't know 
whether to make it formal or not. So far I've opted to not make it formal. 
I think it might depend on a platform-by-platform basis.

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