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Re: Implications of eolas verdict

From: Jake Robb <jakerobb@mac.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2003 11:09:01 -0400
To: W3C Public Web Plugins List <public-web-plugins@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BB74E4CD.E2D8%jakerobb@mac.com>

Most web sites are designed to work in Internet Explorer, for the simple
reason that roughly 95% of the browsing public uses it.  As such, developers
of alternative browsers are virtually forced to make their software
compatible with whatever works with IE.  Any other approach simply breaks
too many pages.  Therefore, you can bet the bank that whatever solution is
implemented in IE will eventually be compatible with some future version of
Netscape, Opera, etc.

I applaud MS for working directly with W3C on a solution.  Internet Explorer
has long been known for leaving a trail of pseudo-standards in its
development path, and the W3C has then chosen which to adopt as "standard".

If MS, W3C, and other attendees at that meeting can come up with a valid
solution and establish it as a standard, this will do wonders for the
alternative browser market's ability to keep up.  Plugin compatibility has
been one of the hardest aspects to maintain across various browsers.

My company's web site does not currently use any plugins, but we are in the
process of developing some new interactive Java applets.  I am most curious
about how this verdict and the coming changes will affect applets.

Aside:  I think it's ridiculous that someone can claim patent rights on
embedded content this late in the game.


Orlando Echevarria wrote:

> Hello all,
> Will the verdict affect how Mozilla/Netscape and other browsers perform
> plugins?  From my stand point, my organization does not have a lot of
> pages that invest in plugins, but never the less, this does seem like
> developers like myself are caught in the middle and have to do a wait
> and see game now.  Is this a correct assumption?  Please advise.
> Regards,
> Orlando
> Hemant Desai wrote:
>> Hi ,
>> Am not too sure abt the implications of the eolas verdicy.
>> Would it be possible for someone to guide me to a detailed report of the
>> same or implications which may have been listed.
>> regards
>> Hemant Desai
Received on Friday, 29 August 2003 11:29:48 UTC

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