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Re: standard for browser assisted plugin installation

From: Frank Ellermann <nobody@xyzzy.claranet.de>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2008 18:30:13 +0100
To: public-html-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <fse12g$437$1@ger.gmane.org>

Yi Ding wrote:

> We've been talking about this issue with regards to Firefox 3:
> https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=425013
> there's no standard way to trigger browser assisted plugin
> installation.  This affects flash, java, svg, and possible
> other future web technologies.

Does it affect SVG ?  I have disabled SVG in FF2, and I now 
normally get the "broken image" icon, but IIRC I sometimes
also get a missing plugin warning.  (JFTR, that is no weird
religion on my side, I try to figure out what causes FF2 to
use 99% CPU for minutes reacting to nothing less than KILL
PROCESS TREE, and I'll reenable SVG if it's innocent).

> every major browser (except maybe Safari) has implemented
> some sort of browser assisted plugin installation.

Bad.  I'm not interested to "get silverlight" as long as it
is not available for W2K.  I'm not interested in installing
strange plugins, and as admin it would be on my top 10 todo
list that users cannot install plugins as they see fit.

Personally I can accept that Quicktime for W2K is insecure
on my box, professionally I couldn't.

Received on Wednesday, 26 March 2008 17:28:43 UTC

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