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Tuesday February 4th, 2003

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#5 Re: Easier installation of plug-ins

by antony <antonym@optushome.com.au>

Thursday February 6th, 2003 6:16 AM

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I second this. I must admit I think that's one thing IE has gotten done pretty well -- if a page wants/needs a plugin and you don't have it, it makes it damn easy to obtain it without any hard work on behalf of the user. A dialog pops up, you click 'yes', and away you go.

The unfortunate consequence of this is that a lot of irritating things (eg. CometCursor) install themselves when users see the dialog and think, "oh, well I must need this *clicks Yes*". Perhaps if Mozilla had some kind of "whitelist" of known 'legitimate' plugins (Flash, Shockwave, etc) that can be easily installed with a one-click response to a dialog that pops up... for "unapproved" controls, a caution is issued indicating the plugin may be a "hidden nasty".

I seem to recall skimming over something somewhere about XPI plugin installers - would this facilitate the quick&easy (compared with the current process) installation of plugins?