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Chapter 28. Using Java Applets, Browser ... > Understanding ActiveX Controls

Understanding ActiveX Controls

Microsoft introduced ActiveX Technologies in 1996, at the time it released Internet Explorer 3. By building on its highly successful Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) technology, Microsoft was attempting to set a standard for adding active content to Web pages. This standard was to allow the capabilities of the Web browser to evolve continually and also allow data and information from existing applications to be easily accessed.

ActiveX controls have not become the standard for dynamic content and Web page data access that Microsoft hoped—it appears that scripting and DHTML will provide that set of capabilities. Microsoft, in fact, appears to be reducing its commitment to ActiveX in favor of DHTML-related tools. They are no longer developing controls for customer use or giving much support to the ones they did generate, and the creation of new controls has been delegated—or relegated—to third-party developers. Nevertheless, ActiveX controls may still have a place in your Web pages—especially if you have programming skills—so in the following sections you will examine their use with FrontPage.


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