View Full Version : Just venting on browser wars!
10-01-2004, 02:44 PM
Blast those browser wars! :evil:
Just when I thought I'd used soemthing that's supposed to work both in IE and Firefox, it will only work in IE and not in Firefox since it needs yet another blasted plugin for that!
Yes, I'm referring to <object> where the embedded object it Windows Media Player - used instead of good ole <embed> which actually works but not the way I want it to really!. It turns out some kind of ActiveX plugin is also required for Firefox. :evil:
And that's after adding a huge script to perform all the darn detection!
I'm kind of sick of it and not making any headway at all. This was supposed to be fun, wasn't it :?: Waaah! :cry:
10-02-2004, 02:05 AM
Hold on! You didn't have to uninstall anything. All you had to do is disable the media types you don't want WMP to play by default. All players do this trick the moment you install them, the worst of the lot being Real Player, but it can be reigned in and controlled - until a new version is downloaded and installed at which point you've got to do the exercise again.
You go into WMP>Tools>Options>File Types and select those you want WMP to handle.
Do the same with your Quicktime Player if you so wish and any other player you want to use as a default for certain media types.
I personally prefer to use WMP for everything it can handle. The others can play their own proprietary file types and that's all.
But you have to realize that whatever you do on your pc is not going to affect what your web site's visitors experience because they have different default players and it's those that kick in anyway.
WMP can play all main media types except for Real Media. Real Player can also play all main media types except for Windows Media. Winamp will play a variety of types for which is has the plugins, and so on. It's a player war out there. Just detecting what everybody has or doesn't have is a drain and ultimately I think not worthwhile. Just tell them what's best to play this or that file and leave them be. Unless you bundle it all up Flash, everybody will be using a different player anyway.
My beef is really with the browsers, it's positively driving me bonkers :lol:
Of course your site has no audio in my version of Firefox, probably I'm missing this or that plugin. It works very nicely in IE, as it should.
All you Firefox guys, stay out of my way :twisted: cuz I'm in a very foul mood :evil:
10-02-2004, 03:01 PM
Oh, I believe you. Lots of people have problems with WMP 10, especially when combined with SP2.
Do you mean your individual media files wouldn't play on your computer under WMP 10? or only when accessed from the web site?
There may have been some new default security & network settings in WMP 10 causing problems there.
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