[thelist] flash video and IE7 / IE8

Bob Meetin bobm at dottedi.biz
Thu Mar 4 12:08:59 CST 2010

I have a site where I need to display some flash videos. 

It works fine with IE6 and Firefox, but with IE8 although the space is 
there all that shows is a red X.  In IE7 it does less with more. You 
actually have to move the cursor over that imagined spot where the video 
would be and you get a tooltip like "Click to activate and use the control".

These are true vanilla installs of IE7 and IE8;  it will commonly say 
something like with no addons, blah...

The question, Is this a problem with me not going through a routine to 
complete its installation (no Flash) or is a problem of not having the 
right embed code or a missing parameter making it display the "Install 
Plugin" link - or other?  The code looks like:

<div style="width:480px; margin: 0em auto;">
<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="/videos/whatever.swf" width="483" height="402"  id="whatever">
<param name="play" value="false" >
<param name="movie" value="/videos/whatever.swf" >

Thx, Bob

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