Weekend Discussion

Friday February 18th, 2000

What *one* feature would you most like Mozilla to have by final release? If it's already on the slate to be in the final release, let us know why it's important to you. Just click the Responses link to join the conversation! Our forums are quite civil, and we'd love to hear your opinions.

#99 Re: ActiveX support? Yuck!

by sacolcor

Saturday February 19th, 2000 5:17 PM

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<opinion> Support might be being developed for ActiveX on some other platforms, but I have my doubts that it will ever be widely deployed on creates far too many security holes. Third-party implementations also create another layer of complexity for bugs to spring out of, since they usually differ slightly from the original.

And aside from that, I don't think that it's a good use of time to try to support a technology that can be unilaterally changed by a single company. Mozilla's commitment is to support the public standards developed by the W3C...this does not include ActiveX. If MS were to turn control of ActiveX over to a standards body, and it was accepted, it might be worth another look...but I wouldn't hold my breath for that.

IMHO, the developers that have committed to using ActiveX have already made the decision that they don't mind requiring their users to use IE, and are unlikely to be swayed by anything Mozilla does.

In any case, I believe that as another poster pointed out, the decision has already been made not to support ActiveX in Mozilla. If a group of users really wants it, they can implement it via a plug-in, so that those of us who don't want it won't have to worry about it.