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From: Jake Robb <jakerobb@mac.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2003 21:56:12 -0400
To: W3C Public Web Plugins List <public-web-plugins@w3.org>
Message-ID: <BB7D657C.E71D%jakerobb@mac.com>

Um, I'm pretty sure that "extensions" are the same as "plugins".  Code in a
different file, loaded at runtime, and run at the request of a hypermedia
document.  Covered by the patent, I think.

The suggestion, I believe, was to actually inline Flash, QuickTime, Java,
and any other major plugins right into the browser's code.  Then the code
isn't external, and so it's not covered under the patent.

-Jake






Aral Balkan wrote:

> 
>> What if Microsoft's change to IE is to actually patch commonly used
>> plugins directly into the browser's binary?  Would this circumvent the
>> patent by eliminating the call to an external executable?
> 
> Very cool: Sounds like an "extension" to me, instead of a plug-in.
> 
>> If so, other browsers would have to follow suit if they were persued.
>> It would certainly put the kibosh on new plugin creation, but give them
>> a better negotiating position.
> 
> Hmm, not if the browser was built with an extendable/open framework. It
> could then be recompiled with a new extension built using that framework and
> abiding by the open API.
> 
> Ok, building on this, since XHTML is XML, why not expose these patched
> "extensions" (have they patented extensions?) via a new tag
> 
> eg. <extension name="Flash"><!-- custom tags? --></extension>
> 
> or, the extension could even add its own tag definitions:
> 
> eg. <flash version="7.0" flashvars="a=5&b=4"><!-- child tags? --></flash>
> 
> Thoughts?
> 
> Aral
> 
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