Microsoft decided to release a critical update several months back that modified Internet Explorer so users cannot directly interact with Microsoft ActiveX controls loaded by the APPLET, EMBED, or OBJECT elements. Users can interact with such controls after activating their user interfaces. Basically, IE blocked flash from running right-away. A dot-border box with the phrase “Click to activate and use this control” would appear if your mouse hovered-over the flash object. Activating the flash object would require a single click.
Lawsuits followed, Microsoft lost. Here’s the ironic part…
Windows Vista (new OS from Windows) is setting to be released soon, so there is a promotional site showcasing all new features that Vista will offer.
//work-around for IE "click to activate" object
var objects = document.getElementsByTagName("object");
for (var i = 0; i < objects.length; i++)
objects[i].outerHTML = objects[i].outerHTML;