<EMBED> — NN 2 IE 3 HTML n/a
End Tag: Required
allows you to load media and file types other than those natively
rendered by the browser. Typically, such external data requires a
plugin or helper application to properly load the data and display
its file. Notice that this element has been supported by both
Navigator and Internet Explorer since Versions 2 and 3, respectively,
but the element is still not a part of the HTML standard vocabulary.
The HTML 4.0 specification recommends the
element as the one to load the kind of external data covered by the
EMBED element in the browsers. Navigator 4 and
Internet Explorer 4 also support the
element, and you should gravitate toward that element for embedded
elements if your visitor browser base can support it.
Bear in mind that for data types that launch plugins, the control panel displayed for the data varies widely among browsers, operating systems, and the plugins the user has installed for that particular data type. It is risky business trying to carefully design a layout combining a plugin’s control panel and surrounding text or other elements.
The list of attributes for the
EMBED element is a
long one, but pay special attention to the browser compatibility
rating for each attribute. Because the plugin technologies of the two
browsers are not identical, neither are the attribute sets. Even so,
it is possible to assign an
EMBED element in one document that works on both ...