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Chapter 24. 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 enable the capabilities of the Web browser to evolve continually and also enable data and information from existing applications to be easily accessed.

However, ActiveX controls have not become the standard for dynamic content and Web page data access that Microsoft hoped—it now appears that scripting and DHTML have provided that set of capabilities. Microsoft, in fact, has been steadily reducing its commitment to ActiveX in favor of DHTML-related tools. Microsoft is no longer developing controls for customer use or giving much support to the ones it did generate, and the creation of new controls has been delegated—or relegated—to third-party developers. Nevertheless, ActiveX controls might 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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