Embed HTML on Your Site
If you’re a regular visitor to my blog (and who could blame you?), you likely
have noticed a few changes recently. In addition to adding the sociable links
right column displaying my three most recent Tweets and my three most recent
Delicious bookmarks. These work reasonably well: I just embed
with the appropriate stuff, then style the HTML that they deliver.
Tonight I was talking to Skud about embedding like this. It turns out that
some folks were getting a big blank area when they viewed a blog entry on her
site in RSS readers and the like, they sometimes just saw a big blank area where
there was supposed to be a list of books. She was looking for examples of sites
that provided HTML snippets that people could cut-n-paste into their blog
entries, so that they can avoid this problem, or use it in places that disallow
suddenly occurred to me: Why not embed a link to an HTML URL that serves a
to write HTML?
A quick Googling and I found a page a great article about the
element. It was intended as a general replacement for the
elements, although tht really hasn’t happened. But what you can do is embed
HTML with it. Here’s a quick example:
Hopefully you can see the embedded HTML above. I’ve styled it with a light blue
background and dark blue dotted border, so it stands out. That styling is in the
<object> tag, BTW, not in the HTML loaded from the snippet. I’m sure I could
figure out how to add
<param> tags that would tell it to include various
styles, too, since it appears that CSS I have in this page has no effect on the
content of the object (I have some CSS to make the
<code> tag have a green
background, but for me at least, it has no effect.
So why isn’t this more common? It seems to work well in a lot of browsers. Would you use it? What are the downsides?
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