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Full Article Attached Update on Tree Plan for 0.9.4

Saturday August 25th, 2001

Asa Dotzler has sent in an update to what mozilla.org's plans are for the 0.9.4 milestone. Click the full article link for more info on this, and what you can do to help.


#89 Re: Re: Re: Re: Comments

by Tanyel <tanyel@straightblack.com>

Thursday August 30th, 2001 10:15 PM

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"Building in support for popular 'formats' such as Flash, Shockwave, Java, QuickTime, MPEG etc. is definitely an interesting idea but it would add a lot of bloat to Mozilla"

I think the bloat of "built-in" support is less than the bloat of plugins. Maybe the plugins could share existing resources in Mozilla. The setup file allows people to choose which components they want. Adding options for support for various media formats probably would not add much bloat. If people did not want those features, they could uncheck their checkboxes as easily as I uncheck that stupid Chatzilla thing and that worthless crash-reporting thing.

"I question if it would have any impact at all on Microsoft / ActiveX. After all, it's just as hard to maintain built in support for a technology in Mozilla as it would be to maintain a proprietary plugin for Mozilla."

While maintaining built-in support could be as difficult as maintaining plugins, providing built-in support may eventually be easier than convincing people to create Netscape plugins. Also, expecting people to make their sites use the embed tag may eventually be as difficult as getting them to "optimize" pages for Mozilla.

"Keep in mind that ActiveX is not just about 'plugins' in IE. It's a much broader technology that is used throughout Windows and Windows applications. ActiveX is the Microsoft component model - the equivalence to XPCOM in Mozilla. There's very little anyone can do to "undermine" its position."

In this case, Netscape does not have to completely eliminate the need for ActiveX in Windows. It has to eliminate the need for ActiveX in web browsing. If all of the popular "rich media" formats require ActiveX controls then eventually it will seem that Windows is a critical component of the Internet. If that happens then the Internet will become the Inter.Net.