Mozilla Foundation Announces More Open, Secure, Scriptable Plugins

The Mozilla Foundation, in partnership with Apple, Macromedia, Opera and Sun Microsystems today announced a series of changes to web browser plugins that will allow web developers to offer richer web browsing experiences, helping to maintain innovation and standards on the Net. The new plugin technologies will be implemented in, among others, upcoming versions of the next generation Mozilla Firefox web browser and the Mozilla 1.x Internet suite and in plugins and browsers developed by the other companies that are supporting this initiative.

Plugins are small programs that web browsers use to display multimedia content that the browsers themselves don't know how to display, such as audio and video. Scriptability of plugins is essential for building an interactive user experience on web pages that use plugins. For example, a user shopping for clothing on a web site that takes advantage of the new plugin capabilities could mix and match different styles and colors for shirts and pants using an interactive Flash movie, and pricing and other information in an associated web page would be updated as a result.

Read the press release

Also read:
- Project Plugins
- Scripting Plugins in Mozilla

June 30, 2004 05:58 PM | Posted in Mozilla


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I just had an idea. Wouldn't it be nice to implement a plugin for browsers and e-mail clients to play mobile phone multimedia (MMS)? I posted the idea to Opera Community forums this morning. Nobody seems excited. The idea is probably too I-don't-know-what...

Site icon Comment by Erkki at June 30, 2004 06:40 PM | Permalink

Mozilla, Opera, Apple, Macromedia and Sun have just announced that a series of changes will be made on the legacy plugin API (NPAPI). The new plugin interface will allow web developers to offer richer web browsing experiences (more securely and effic...

Site icon TrackBack from Big names join forces for better plugins at June 30, 2004 08:43 PM | Permalink

I hope they don't make the same mistake with earlier plugins: a plugin can hog up all resources and make mozilla unusable intill the plugin finishes hogging the CPU...

Comment by berkut at June 30, 2004 09:44 PM | Permalink

No, I'm not talking about W. & Co, I'm talking a different coalition, comprised of the following companies and organisations: a) Adobe b) Apple c) Macromedia d) The Mozilla Foundation e) Opera f) Sun Microsystems These six entities have embarked...

Site icon TrackBack from coalition of the willing set to revolutionise plugins at June 30, 2004 10:11 PM | Permalink

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