[thelist] Activating ActiveX Controls

Christian Heilmann codepo8 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 1 09:08:23 CST 2006

> Microsoft wants us to tweak our pages, and it's making me nauseous.
> I read some disturbing news about IE's Active X controls today, due to some legal issues with a patent Microsoft has changed the way of implementing active x controls which no longer allows for automatic start of an Active X control. The user will forced to an extra click for a Flash file to start playing.
> I'm hoping I have misunderstood this but it doesn't look like it. Sounds like a nightmare to me, apparently the only way to get around it would be to use an external JavaScript which is more or less outrageous to do if you ask me.
> This update will be available through Microsoft Security patches and they expect the majority to have this update within 6 months.
> Can somebody please tell me I'm wrong? ;)
> Here is the news at CNET:
> http://news.com.com/2100-1032-6044418.html?tag=tb
> Here is the MSDN article for how to "fix" this with a little JS:
> http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/author/dhtml/overview/activating_activex.asp

Seems genuine enough. God the quality of the fixes is just appalling.
Why don't they check what is going on and offer UFO as a solution?

Chris Heilmann
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