Why didn't ActiveX Documents go anywhere?
Did anyone use ActiveX Document in VB6? I always wondered why MS didn't push this technology and make it go somewhere. I thought they might be a viable tool for enterprise apps.
You mean, besides being limited to IE on Windows for people who don't have ActiveX disabled (either locally or by their firewall)? :-p
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
[nod] They required IE when Netscape was still the dominant browser, and they introduced a HUGE security hole (no sandbox)
One Programmer's Opinion
Activex Controls are different from Activex Documents. Controls are used all over the place (Flash, Director, etc.) where-as Documents arent' seen too often unless you count the ones like Word, Excel, etc.
I was going to wonder how a firewall could block an activex document? All HTML pages are displayed as ActiveX documents when using IE. Acrobat files are too by default when you're in IE. Word docs too, though lots of people don't like that.
By 'enterprise apps' I meant Intranet apps.
As was pointed out, Active Documents are quite different from ActiveX controls, which are extremely popular and useful.
"but I still run across quite a few business websites (i.e. Yahoo! Finance) that still use ActiveX controls"
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