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.
#5 What about Firefox?
Wednesday June 30th, 2004 11:43 AM
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This news seems kind of odd to me considering all the work put into the firefox extension engine lately. I realize that a Moz/Firefox extension is a different animal than a plugin, but does it need to be? Why can't Flash/Acrobat/Java/etc. be xpi's? I know that I'd much prefer to install a plugin as an xpi (even though I'd need to restart my browser). Its not a big deal to download and run an executable, but its not nearly as convenient as xpi's.