Webmaster Alert: IE Changes May Affect District Websites

Question: Will new changes in Internet Explorer affect the way we should design our district website?

The IT Guy says:

Yes, possibly. One of the important changes starting with the release of Internet Explorer 6 (SP1b) for Windows from Microsoft is the way it handles certain embedded files and scripts. These may include QuickTime media files, ActiveX scripts, etc. Any web page code which uses the APPLET, EMBED, or OBJECT tags may be affected. By default, unless code is changed, users may be prompted with a dialog window before each ActiveX control or other embedded object on a web page loads.

More information about these changes to IE are available from Microsoft on http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate/activexchanges.asp.

This final (non-beta) version of Internet Explorer for Windows is scheduled for release in early 2004.

Macromedia has an excellent overview of these expected changes to IE for Windows, including suggestions for webmasters, on http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/activecontent/.

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