[uf-discuss] [rethinking abbr] Does <object> deserve another look?

Ryan Cannon ryan at ryancannon.com
Mon Apr 30 10:27:44 PDT 2007

Perhaps I'm getting into this a bit late and this has already been  
brought up, but I've skimmed through the conversation and haven't  
seen it. Tantek's original proposal[1] was scrapped because it didn't  
work in Safari 1.2.1 (WebKit v125). Hasn't that particular browser  
version been obsoleted to that point that we can reconsider using it?  
The latest Safari version for OS X.3 is 1.3.9, which is soon to be  
two OS versions back. Any idea precisely when this bug was fixed?

While few browser stats break Safari versions down to the WebKit  
version, my site has received 1 hit from from WebKit v125, and that  
tiny marketshare is reflected in other stats I've found[2]. If we are  
going to talk about < 1% browsers, why are we holding back an  
otherwise ideal design pattern for an obsoleted version of a minor  

<object> is ideal, as Tantek described it, and it is both simple to  
write and backwards-compatible.

[1]: http://tantek.com/log/2005/01.html#d26t0100
[2]: http://www.webreference.com/stats/browser.html

Ryan Cannon

Interactive Developer

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