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Controlling Windows Media Player with Firefox/Mozilla

.controls is void for Windows Media Player embedded object



6:02 am on Jun 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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In trying to embed and control the Windows Media Player in a somewhat browser independent way.

Using the following HTML

<embed src="test.wmv" name="MyMediaPlayer" controls="ImageWindow" autostart="0" showcontrols="0" height="200" width="320" />

I try to then control the player via javascript


... etc...

This works fine and dandy in IE, but, in Firefox/Mozilla .controls is void. :(

I rummaged about and found a suggestion to try


But Firefox reports that .play() is undefined. :(

Any ideas?


6:37 am on Jun 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm no expert here, but I'm guessing that you're not callig the reference correctly. Try giving your <embed> id="MyMediaPlayer" then call it with:



3:25 pm on Jun 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

Thanks for the response.

I'm not getting an undefined error on the reference to document.MyMediaPlayer

In the Javascript debugger I can see all the standard properties of document.MyMediaPlayer & .controls is void.

But for grins, I changed the embed as per your suggestion.

<embed src="test.wmv" name="MyMediaPlayer" id="MyMediaPlayer" controls="ImageWindow" autostart="0" showcontrols="0" height="200" width="320" />

I then looked at document.MyMediaPlayer and document.getElementById('MyMediaPlayer') using the debugger. They were the same object with .controls set to void.

Maybe it's the case that Microsoft does not give the <embed> object any access to .controls and requires ActiveX. :(


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