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 newsgroup [at] or the mailing list."

#19 RE: SSA

by Anon

Monday August 9th, 1999 8:01 AM

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I think signing the applet would do what you want it to do. When you download a signed applet, I believe it is saved to your local system permemtly, and the class is put into your system classpath, so if I was to download a signed applet for quicktime, and the signed appliet was in a quicktime.jar file, and the package was com.applet.quicktime, ANY application or web site that wanted to use the com.applet.quicktime.QuicktimeApplet class, it would be found in my classpath. It would be a matter of simple javascript to determine if the applet was initialized, and if it wasn't it could open a new window to the signed applet download site.

My only point to this whole discussion is that a pluglet API may be unnessary when all the functionality could be done with signed applets. I think the Java API is getting a bit too large as it is, so we should actually try to work within the framework, not extend it every time we want to do something different.