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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.


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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