Re: Plug-In Spec

Paul Prescod (papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca)
Wed, 13 Mar 1996 09:30:22 -0500


Date: Wed, 13 Mar 1996 09:30:22 -0500
Message-Id: <199603131430.JAA05959@undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca>
To: Kay Winkler <K.Winkler@gsi.de>
From: Paul Prescod <papresco@calum.csclub.uwaterloo.ca>
Subject: Re: Plug-In Spec
Cc: www-html@w3.org, opendoc-interest@cil.org, carmine@mangione.com,

At 11:39 AM 3/13/96 +0100, Kay Winkler wrote:
>Where could the Plug-In Spec be found?
>Is this a general part of html/http or is this 
>a special feature of Netscape?

Plug-ins are for Netscape only.

BUT Microsoft is making lots of noise about trying to make a "standardized"
competitor. And they have a third party (NCompass, from BC), making a
Netscape plug-in to support Microsoft's competitor (it is called Active-X
and is based on Ole Controls). Microsoft has also said (not quite as loudly)
that they will support Netscape plug-ins. None of this is standardized by
the W3C or IETF. 

What I would like to know is where is CILabs and OpenDoc in all of this?
OpenDoc exists exactly for this kind of thing, is heads and shoulders above
OLE, is already multiplatform, has already been integrated into a browser
(CyberDog) and the source code is available. It seems like a perfect
candidate for W3C (but probably not IETF) standardization.

 Paul Prescod