Help Sun and Mozilla with new 'Pluglet' API Spec
Tuesday August 3rd, 1999
Akhil Arora of Sun writes,
"Help define the Pluglet API
A Pluglet is a Plugin that is written in Java. A draft of the Pluglet API specification has been posted here. We would like Plugin writers to get involved in defining the API. Does it meet your needs? What additional feature would you like added to it? What pet peeve of yours would you like fixed? Please talkback at the netscape.public.mozilla.java newsgroup [at news.mozilla.org] or the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list."
#10 Applets install temporary
Thursday August 5th, 1999 10:29 AM
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>And, as far as auto installing, > what applet have you run across > that hasn't auto installed?
As stated above An applet must be reloaded every time you restart your sesion.
If Pluglets are going to be useful, they'll actually have to be two-tiered.
First, plain-jane applet mode, for the first time use. It probably should be signed, so that the actual applet can be pulled off of the Pluglet Manufacturers server, but still access the file on the content provider's server, (this allows for Manufacturers to insure the latest version of the software is being used, and possibly some download/usage tracking).
Second, an option on first time use to "install" the pluglet to a local directory is wanted. this way the Pluglet would load much quicker on susiquent uses. An option should be available to allow one time use as well, so users don't have to install a gazilion different pluglets for content types they tried once.
This also gives Pluglet designers the option to offer a pluglet-only mode for use in web-sites, and a standalone mode that could run independant of the browser for playing the content off of a local drive (assuming the user chose to install the pluglet locally).