Another note on using code in wordpress

I’ve read the WordPress help page on using code, but still it seems like in practice, what works and what doesn’t is hit or miss. For instance, the code help page states, “Flash and all other embeds are not allowed in WordPress.com posts, pages, or text widgets. For security reasons, we remove the tags needed for these to work.”  The emphasis on all other embeds is mine.

Well, it some cases that is true, and they do “remove he tags needed for these to work.” But let’s test this rule here to show it is inconsistent.

from the Internet Archive.

That, my friends, is an embed code that appears to be working on WordPress.com. However, if I were to add the height and width code, it would not work. Inconsistency is what is bothering me. In fairness, it seems as though WordPress is treating this particular form of embed tag as a video tag.

But it is not only that, it is the fact that most of this code works throughout the internet, but not WordPress.com. This is….well, inconsistent.

“Inconsistent” seems to me to be the word to use when referring to the way html is handled on WordPress. And that is why, with the exception of the audio or video tag (most of the time), and YouTube or Vimeo (also, only most of the time), html should be avoided on WordPress.

After all, I could achieve the same end with a simple link, which WordPress apparently still supports. Thus, play or download movie.

Thank you and good day to you, and good luck. Over and out.

 

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