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.

#8 Re: Re: Plug-in scriptability

by Yacoubean

Wednesday June 30th, 2004 12:20 PM

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You made Nuke Anything? That's one of my favorite extensions! I hate it when I'm reading an article (most of my web surfing) and there's an annoying flash or animated gif on the page. The stop button idea you mentioned would fix some of the problem, but not all. I also use Nuke Anything to remove offensive images I don't want staring at me. For example, the other day there was a photo of Michael Moore inline in an article I was reading. No matter what your politics, that man is UGLY! I Nuked that image. :)