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mozilla.org Releases 0.9.2.1

Tuesday August 14th, 2001

mozilla.org today released the source code for 0.9.2.1, which is the code that matches Netscape 6.1. This comes from the 0.9.2 branch, and is being made available both as part of the MPL license requirement, and as a way for third parties to easily use it to write compatible plugins and addon features to Netscape 6.1, as well as Mozilla.


#103 Re: Re: Plugins

by strauss

Wednesday August 22nd, 2001 10:00 AM

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>>There actually is a cross-browser plugin standard, which allows a single plugin to operate on multiple platforms, and even ahs built-in security features to prevent plugins from behaving maliciously. It's called Java, and the plugins are called applets. <<

That's great, but to be useful in an integrated way, applets need DOM access. Unfortunately, there's no cross-platform, cross-browser way to give applets DOM access. Like raw plugins, they can just sit there in their own little pane, aloof and alone, having nothing to do with the rest of the web page. They can't act as components -- for instance, you can't have them know the state of a checkbox in HTML, or enable or disable that checkbox.

This means you have to do your whole UI in Java if you want to do anything significant.