Embedding the Player Control in a Web Page Displayed by Firefox

[The feature associated with this page, Windows Media Player SDK, is a legacy feature. It has been superseded by MediaPlayer. MediaPlayer has been optimized for Windows 10 and Windows 11. Microsoft strongly recommends that new code use MediaPlayer instead of Windows Media Player SDK, when possible. Microsoft suggests that existing code that uses the legacy APIs be rewritten to use the new APIs if possible.]

To embed the Windows Media Player control in a webpage that can be displayed by a Firefox browser, create an OBJECT element or an EMBED element that has one of the following mime types as its type attribute:

  • application/x-ms-wmp
  • application/asx
  • video/x-ms-asf-plugin
  • application/x-mplayer2
  • video/x-ms-asf
  • video/x-ms-wm
  • audio/x-ms-wma
  • audio/x-ms-wax
  • video/x-ms-wmv
  • video/x-ms-wvx

The preferred mime type is application/x-ms-wmp.

The following examples show how to embed the Player control using an OBJECT element or an EMBED element.

<OBJECT id="Player"
  width="320" height="320">
  <PARAM name="autostart" value="false"/>

<EMBED id="Player"
  width="320" height="320"

The preceeding examples work in Firefox but not in Internet Explorer. To embed the Player control in a webpage that can be displayed by Internet Explorer, you must create an OBJECT element that has a classid attribute set to the class ID of the Windows Media Player control.

The following example shows how to embed the Windows Media Player control in a webpage that can be displayed correctly by both Internet Explorer and Firefox. Script on the page detects the browser type and generates the appropriate OBJECT tag.

    <SCRIPT type="text/javascript">
      if(-1 != navigator.userAgent.indexOf("MSIE"))
        document.write('<OBJECT id="Player"');
        document.write(' classid="clsid:6BF52A52-394A-11d3-B153-00C04F79FAA6"');
        document.write(' width=300 height=200></OBJECT>');
      else if(-1 != navigator.userAgent.indexOf("Firefox"))
        document.write('<OBJECT id="Player"'); 
        document.write(' type="application/x-ms-wmp"'); 
        document.write(' width=300 height=200></OBJECT>');

Using the Windows Media Player Control with Firefox