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Chapter Twelve. Working with Browsers Pa... > Embeddable Objects: A Tale of Hubris...

Embeddable Objects: A Tale of Hubris and Revenge

When the creators of the original Mosaic and Netscape browsers first seized on the brilliant idea of allowing designers to include images in web pages, they “extended” HTML by creating an <img> tag specifically for their browsers. The W3C did not approve. It advised web authors to use the object element instead. But millions of websites later, the <img> tag was still going strong—and support for the W3C's <object> element was nonexistent.

Then came the FutureSplash plug-in (later rechristened Flash) along with other multimedia elements such as Real and QuickTime movies. Again, the W3C suggested that the <object> tag be used to embed such content in web pages. But Netscape invented the <embed> tag instead—and as competitive browsers came onto the scene, they too supported Netscape's <embed> tag.


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