Drupal Fix for Internet Explorer Cannot open the internet site with embeded Youtube and Google Video

Sunday, January 27th, 2008
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Drupal is a wonderful CMS platform for building an encompassing and professional website presence. I have however, run into an issue where Drupal does not like to show embedded video's through YouTube or Google Video when viewing a page in Internet Explorer. If you try to visit the page with the embedded YouTube or Google Video, Internet Explorer throws up an error message to the effect of:

Internet Explorer Cannot open the internet site http://domain.com/page

Operation Aborted.

You are then redirected to a page cannot be displayed error.

After running across this article: http://www.dogster.com/forums/Tips_Tricks_and_Help_On_Dogstercom/thread/482204
I found that the W3C is trying to do away with the <embed> tag and replace it with the <object> tag. Both Internet Explorer 7 and IE6 have a known bug where they do not like seeing the two together which is how YouTube gives the code for you to put on your website. Google Video, last I checked, provides the code as <embed></embed> But that doesn't mean it won't change. Just take note on what the embedded code is from Google.

So, to fix the problem, just remove anything related to the <object> tag.

Let's take a look at an example of the simple fix.

This is the unaltered code from YouTube:

<object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="https://www.youtube.com/v/0Q2aPi9ZEgs&rel=1"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0Q2aPi9ZEgs&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>

Notice the <embed> tag is within the <object> tag. Simply remove anything related to the <object> tag, like so:

<embed src="https://www.youtube.com/v/0Q2aPi9ZEgs&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed>

That's It! You should no longer receive the error message when viewing in IE!

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