Annoying side effect of the MSIE / Eolas lawsuit

Microsoft issued an update to MSIE which disables ActiveX controls until you click "ok" to activate them, due to their reticence to pay Eolas a license fee after losing a patent lawsuit.

Microsoft has apparently implemented this by causing any instance of the <object>tag to be treated as an ActiveX object, including using object to add images to a page. In the last redesign of this site I used <object> to embed some PNG versions of the standard feed icon...I guess I will switch these back to <img> tags.

I think the Eolas patent is bogus, as is Microsoft's temper-tantrum workaround of it.

Posted in


202: Accepted Archives

Feed icon We use Feedburner to distribute our web feeds: 202 Accepted Feed

feedburner graphic

Copyright 2002–2011 Artific Consulting LLC.

Unless otherwise noted, content is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License. Please read and understand the license before repurposing content from this site.