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BUG: Plugins Fail to Print in Internet Explorer 4


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This article was previously published under Q216494

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Symptoms

When an HTML page is printed by Internet Explorer 4.x or 5.5, plugins appear on the printed output as empty space.

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Cause

Internet Explorer 4 does not in-place activate ActiveX controls before printing. Because plugins are hosted in Internet Explorer by a hidden ActiveX control, the plugins it hosts are not given a chance to draw.

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Resolution

There is no known workaround in Internet Explorer 4.x or 5.5 for plugins at this time. The plugin must supply its own printing mechanism and user interface to invoke that print.

Alternatives to plugins include DHTML, ActiveX controls, and Java applets.

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Status

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

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Keywords: KB216494, kbpending, kbinetdev, kbctrlcreate, kbctrl, kbbug

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Article Info
Article ID : 216494
Revision : 2
Created on : 5/12/2003
Published on : 5/12/2003
Exists online : False
Views : 380