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Re: Issue 364: Request to review decision to add plug-ins to checkpoint 3.5

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 08:29:00 -0600
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To: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
In a public workstation the user may not have permissions to remove 
it.  Some software like Adobe PDF viewer come with a stand alone and 
plug-in as part of the same installation.  In this case the user does not 
have the option of installing one or the other.  So I think that being able 
to disable plug-ins is something we should probably include.  The user 
agent obviously knows what type of content that it recognizes that can be 
displayed in a plug-in.


At 09:34 PM 1/5/2001 -0500, Ian Jacobs wrote:
>At the AOL ftf meeting, we decided for issue 364 [1] to add
>"plug-in" to checkpoint 3.5. From the 29 Dec draft [2]:
>     3.5 Allow the user to configure the user agent
>     not to execute scripts or applets. In this
>     configuration, provide an option to alert the user
>     when scripts or applets are available.
>I am not sure about this.
>As I understand it, a plug-in is a software module that
>the user has chosen to install as part of the user agent
>(to provide some specific services).
>This differs from an applet or a script that is part of
>author-supplied content.
>If a plug-in causes accessibility problems,
>the user can always remove it. I think that checkpoint 3.5
>is about controlling programmatic content supplied by the
>  - Ian
>[1] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/2000/11/minutes-20001116#issue-364
>[2] http://www.w3.org/WAI/UA/WD-UAAG10-20001229/
>Ian Jacobs (jacobs@w3.org)   http://www.w3.org/People/Jacobs
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