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<object> instead of <iframe>?

9:29 pm on Nov 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I'm working on an XHTML 1.1 (Strict) document. I understand that the IFRAME tag is no longer supported.

But, I believe the <object> tag is supposed to be used in its stead? Is this correct?

If so, does anyone have some sample XHTML that demonstrates this? I know how to use an <object> tag in lieu of an <img>, but how about for another XHTML file?


Chris Perkins

11:11 pm on Nov 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I found the info. Thanks.


11:27 pm on Nov 4, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Hi Chris,

You have the right idea AFAICT, the <object> will eventually replace the <iframe> (at least it seems that way), but currently it doesn't work in all the browsers.

An example would be:

<object id="page" type="text/html" 
width="500" height="600">
<p>Oops! That didn't work...</p>

Check out this [xml.com] article by Mark Pilgrim for more info (it is dealing with <object> as a replacement for <img>, but it is still relevant).

Nb. Firebird 7 (the nightlies anyway), and Opera 7, and IE6 (SP1 w/ latest cumulative patch), now support <object> with HTML data pretty well (seems they basically treat it as an iframe).

Ps. I only tested with this DTD:



12:09 am on Nov 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Another note, in the three browsers mentioned, you can access the <object> element itself (instead of it's reference, which only has the attributes like type and data) through the window.frames[] collection, just like an iframe, like...






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