Will ActiveX Ever Be Supported?

Monday September 28th, 1998

John Sheets writes in with a question about a topic that hasn't come up lately. John writes, "I was wondering if Mozilla will eventually include native support for ActiveX on the Windows side. Right now, as I understand it, you have to buy a plugin (from NCompass Labs) and specially convert the HTML files to be Communicator-aware. Kind of a pain."

Anyone know of any plans to accomodate ActiveX controls in the Windows port of Mozilla?

#14 Re:Will ActiveX Ever Be Supported?

by John <>

Thursday October 1st, 1998 9:17 AM

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Brian, I definitely agree that ActiveX should stay out of Communicator Proper; if its inclusion would result in breaking cross-platform functionality, then I wouldn't dream of advocating it. (Personally, I would like nothing better than to see Linux tromp NT.) However, NCompass Labs has proven that ActiveX _can_ be done as a plug-in. That's all I ever wanted: something free and easy to use that would allow me to drop ActiveX controls into a navigator browse window. ActiveScript is not freeware, and is severely hobbled, but that could be fixed in a more integrated version.

Regarding the latest in Java: I'll take a look at it before we decide on a final path.

And a final note to Greg, et. al. It's too late to keep Windows out of Mozilla. It's already in there. Remember the Active Desktop article on MozillaZine a couple weeks back? To me, IE4 emulation is quite a bit more radical than asking for an ActiveX/COM container.