[whatwg] Which differences between <embed> and <object>

Tab Atkins Jr. jackalmage at gmail.com
Sat Aug 28 15:01:54 PDT 2010

On Sat, Aug 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM, zhao Matt <mattzhaoweb at gmail.com> wrote:
> According to HTML5 spec, the <embed> tag can play a swf file, however,  the
> <object> tag can also play a swf file (though <object is defined in HTML4>).
> I don't understand why need the <embed> tag , because the <object> tag can
> support(or  embed) many objects such as images, audio, videos, Java applets,
> ActiveX, PDF, and Flash.

The <embed> element isn't really meant for use by authors going
forward.  However, it has become a part of the web platform in
practice, and a lot of pages use it.  Thus, HTML5 defines how to
handle the element.


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