Saturday, January 17, 2009
Who Uses ActiveX Controls These Days?
For my birthday, my parents sent me one of those e-cards on the web. When I went to retrieve it, the site told me "We're sorry - this feature is not compatible with Macs."
Of course, this is because this site ("My Fun Cards") uses ActiveX controls for its animated cards.
Ten years ago, ActiveX controls sometimes made sense. But these days, with widespread support for Java, Flash, Silverlight and other web technologies, why the hell would anybody be deploying ActiveX controls? They're not cross-platform, they are insecure, they require users to manipulate their browser settings and click "OK" when asked whether to install a control, etc. They are just bad, bad, bad.
This is not, of course, my parents' fault. The people at My Fun Cards are just a few years behind everybody else.