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[REBOL] Re: REBOL Web Plugin and IE 5.5

From: pwoodward:cncdsl at: 22-Aug-2001 12:32

Ric, actually this is a discontinuation of support for "Netscape Style" plugins - the embed tag vrs. the object tag. I think that this is a W3C recommendation in any case - the old style of plugin is being deprecated. This has actually nailed Apple's QuickTime plugin which under Windows was still using the old, Netscape plugin interface (both at an API level and tag level). IIRC Both IE 5.5 and NS 6 support the _object_ tag and IE 5.5 sp2 has gone so far as to remove support for the embed tag, along with it's implementation of the Netscape API for plugins. On the one hand, this isn't a bad thing. Instead of having two APIs running around for plugins and two tag mechanisms... You'll soon only have one. But, in the meantime it's sure to prove the source of some frustration - and plenty of fuel for MS bashing. On another note, this may have more to do with the patent that a medical imaging company has on a particular way to embed software components into browsers - and the fact they've been cleaning the floors with MS in court... - Porter Woodward