Mozilla Foundation, Apple, Macromedia, Opera and Sun to Improve Browser Plugins

Wednesday June 30th, 2004

The Mozilla Foundation is teaming up with Apple, Macromedia, Opera and Sun Microsystems to improve browser plugin technologies. The alliance will work on the extending the Netscape Plugin Application Program Interface to enhance interactivity and scriptability. Mozilla, Opera and Apple's Safari browser all use the Netscape plugin model, which debuted in Navigator 2.0. Meanwhile, Macromedia develops the popular Flash Player and Shockwave Player plugins, while Sun is behind the Java plugin. As well as Safari, Apple is also responsible for the QuickTime Player plugin. The only notable browser/plugin developer not in the new group is Microsoft, which dropped support for the Netscape plugin model in favour of ActiveX at Internet Explorer version 5.5. Slashdot has a story about the new plugin alliance.

Update: Adobe has been added to the members of the alliance listed in the Mozilla Foundation's press release.

#4 Plug-in scriptability

by theuiguy

Wednesday June 30th, 2004 11:24 AM

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Aren't plug-ins already scriptable? I seem to remember a big deal about the flash plug-in being scriptable in a Mozilla release a while back. Java applets are scriptable, aren't they?

Is this just a new way for plug-in vendors to create scriptable plug-ins that will work in a broad range of browsers? From the standpoint of a web developer would much change?