Trivia Question

Did you know that Internet Explorer after an IE 6 security fix will display a box around Adobe Flash objects that tells the user to click to activate and use the control?

Neither did the “professional” developers of these splash screens:

Click to Activate Splash Screen
Click for full size
Second Click to Activate Splash Screen
Click for full size

Or, worse, a “professional” developer of a Flash screen for a tool that allows you to build Flash movies:


Third Click to Activate Splash Screen
Click for full size

Or this heading banner image:

Click to Activate Heading
Click for full size

Or this banner ad presentation:

Click to Activate Banner Ad
Click for full size

How would you have liked to spend thousands of dollars on an exquisite Fat Boy or Bad Boy rollover ad with all the fixings, including vocal talent and three days’ worth of filming, to present them in such a way that the majority of Internet users won’t see them without that extra click. I mean, security-conscious grandmothers have been coached well enough by now that they’re not going to click that control and install viruses on their eMachines.

It’s not as though this is a fundamental, insurmountable problem with Internet Explorer. With an additional couple keystrokes, you can display these things without the box (see this article on how; it’s not buried in some Microsoft vault somewhere, it’s on the blooming Internet).

So why are these things all over the place?

Because the hip designers and technocratic ubermensch don’t use Internet Explorer because the proletariat do, and they’re above using the same browser as the unwashed masses, who don’t even know it’s okay to activate a safe ActiveX control. And coding for the dirty browser will hinder their prestige in whatever Mason-like secret society developers and the cool kids belong to.

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  1. RabidChipmunk Says:

    This all occured because of a lawsuit against Microsoft using what was said to be “proprietary” methods to display an object in a web page through their browser. While (exagerated and made up number) 99% of developers on the web use this method and saw that it worked in IE similar to other browsers, the court still found Microsoft “in the wrong”. Microsoft used its Windows Update feature to pass a patch to IE, that now causes this on IE with the patch installed. Many sites worked for years without this issue, and it became an acceptable, near universal, method for displaying the object in a browser. All of these sites simply haven’t been updated, many simply because of the dated code or the sheer number of them in existance.

    Note: IE browsers without the patch still do not require the “click” before the object becomes usable.

  2. The Director Says:

    Spoken like a true developer.

    That’s the back story. The fix is still simple and readily available if the designers/developers bother to take the step of looking at their work in IE and realizing something is wrong.

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