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Programming Microsoft® Visual Basic® 6.0 by Francesco Balena

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ActiveX Controls for the Internet

Many programmers believe that the Internet is the natural habitat for ActiveX controls, so you might have been surprised that I haven't described Internet-specific features until the end of the chapter. The plain truth is that, Microsoft's plans notwithstanding, Microsoft Internet Explorer still is, as I write these pages, the only popular browser that natively supports ActiveX controls, at least without any plug-in modules. So if you heavily use ActiveX controls in HTML pages, you automatically reduce the number of potential users of your Web site. You see, ActiveX controls probably aren't very useful for the Internet, even though they might find their way into intranets, where administrators can be sure about ...

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