A recent update of Internet Explorer here apparently contained code that provides remediation of issues in the EOLAS patent settlement regarding activating ActiveX controls on Web pages. Don’t ask me to explain that. The important thing is all my QuickTime movies broke in IE.
Well, they didn’t exactly “break,” but when IE encountered a movie on a page, it halted page rendering and present a “Click to run an ActiveX control on this webpage” dialog that required clicking before the page would finish rendering.
I thought Flash objects would have the same problem, but that doesn’t quite appear to be the case. I don’t use much Flash on the site and where I have, it is usually loaded by a script already. If a fix for that is required, FlashObject is the way to go.
The good news is that because so much of the recent material of this type is driven by a content management system, a couple of changes to cms templates were all that was required to fix many of the affected pages.
A good thing to come out of this is that it has caused me to visit pages with QuickTime movies and do some file housekeeping.