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ActiveX Controls

ActiveX controls are miniature applications that work like plug-ins in Web browsers. In fact, Flash Player for the Windows version of Internet Explorer is an ActiveX control.

However, this powerful technology can handle much more than multimedia; it can plug right into your computer, accessing files and other programs, or enabling spreadsheets and other productivity programs, right in a Web page.

Unfortunately, this Microsoft technology only works on Windows machines and only in Internet Explorer. As a result, it has yet to gain a foothold on the Web—and it may never. But if you’re required to incorporate an ActiveX control into your site (perhaps because Microsoft is your client), then here’s how to do it.


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