A lot of people seem to be wondering what it means when they see "Click to run an ActiveX control on this webpage" or "Click to activate and use this control" being displayed by Internet Explorer on certain web pages:
Most people believe that this is a security warning. And when we're confused about what to do on the Web, we've been told time and again to hit cancel or escape. The web equivalent of just say no. But with this box there isn't an option to get out of it - you have to click OK. And this is a worry. And an annoyance. What is it all about?
It's important to note that this ISN'T a problem with your PC or your browser. It was done by design as it was introduced as a response to a court case between Microsoft and another company called EOLAS which held a patent on browser plug-in technology (for more information, visit Wikipedia). The button is just the settlement of that case in that it makes you the user switch it on, rather than the browser switching it on itself.
So what do you do with it? You click it. Next time you're feeling mildly irritated at this button, just think how much the lawyers got paid and you'll find you're mildly annoyed instead! Unless you're a lawyer ... in which case you'll find you're mildly salivating and wondering if anyone ever patented the word blog! 😉
What do you do with an interactive control? To activate an interactive control, either click it or use the TAB key to set focus on it and then press the SPACEBAR or the ENTER key. Interactive controls loaded from external script files immediately respond to user interaction and do not need to be activated. (And don't forget to think about all the salivating lawyers!)
The reason that you see this problem is because the webmaster of the site you are visiting hasn't made the necessary changes to their code to prevent this from happening. (If you're here looking for workarounds, here are a couple of sites offering potential solutions.)
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