"Click to activate" on Opera

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Getify Solutions, Inc.

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Dec 15, 2009, 3:05:43 PM12/15/09
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Is anyone else aware of the behavior of having the "click to activate" when embedding with SWFObject (specifically, static embed) in Opera 9 and 10? Maybe that's known and I was just out of the loop, but I didn't think that was true.  Anyone else?
 
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Philip Hutchison

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Dec 15, 2009, 4:02:59 PM12/15/09
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Yes, Opera was the only other major browser vendor to implement the click-to-activate mechanism besides Microsoft.

EOLAS has publicly stated they will only force commercial projects to pay a royalty on their 906 patent. Safari and Mozilla were not being pursued by EOLAS because their browsers are free, based on open-source projects. IE and Opera are commercial ventures, and therefore subject to EOLAS' patent and must pay royalties.

Microsoft signed an agreement with EOLAS a while back, allowing them to remove the click-to-activate mechanism from all versions of IE.

Opera, on the other hand, has not given in to EOLAS' strong-arm tactics and would rather maintain the click-to-activate annoyance than give in to EOLAS and pay royalties.

RE: how this ties into SWFObject, static publishing in Opera continues to have the click-to-activate mechanism. I personally don't think SWFObject needs to be modified to deal with this particular issue, as Opera has such a small market share, and anyone wishing to avoid the click-to-activate mechanism can simply use SWFObject's dynamic publishing approach to get around it.

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Is anyone else aware of the behavior of having the "click to activate" when embedding with SWFObject (specifically, static embed) in Opera 9 and 10? Maybe that's known and I was just out of the loop, but I didn't think that was true.  Anyone else?
 
--Kyle

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Sam Sherlock

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Dec 15, 2009, 4:03:37 PM12/15/09
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For me this is true - only static objects opera 10.10

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Also for opera 10.10 when using turbo mode dynamic publishing does not
work - you get a blank space.

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Philip Hutchison

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Dec 15, 2009, 4:40:55 PM12/15/09
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Haven't tried turbo mode. For those unfamiliar with turbo mode, it's a service provided by Opera that compresses and optimizes media for faster download times. Very reminiscent of auto-compression in AOL's browser back in the day.

Apparently Opera is aware of the effect it has on Flash media:

When Opera Turbo is enabled, Web site layout and text looks as it did before, but to maximize speed, Flash content, such as YouTube videos, is only loaded if you click it. Similarly, images are modified to reduce their size, however you can still right-click them and select “Reload Image in Full Quality”.

Nothing we can do about it.

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Sam Sherlock

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Dec 15, 2009, 7:05:47 PM12/15/09
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swfobject 1.x works fine with opera in turbo, in that the swf loads after clicking to play.  whereas 2.x just says movie not loaded

when using static you have the click to activate thing as mentioned

next version of firefox has an accelerator too


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