Browsers Team Up for Standard Plug-in

Posted on July 1, 2004 reports that Mozilla, Opera, Apple Safari, Macromedia and Sun Microsystems are joining up to support a standardized plug-in functionality based on the Netscape Plugin Application Interface (NPAPI).

Microsoft, which dominates the browser marketplace, continues to support its own plug-in technology called ActiveX. ActiveX has been blamed for web security problems over the past couple years by internet security experts.

Mitchell Baker, president of the Mozilla Foundation president, says, "This has been an issue that's needed to be resolved for quite some time. Once the Mozilla Foundation was formed, we had a venue to provide leadership and make things happen. It became clear that all the various browser vendors and plug-in vendors were all very eager to do something like this; [now] was right time to get things going."

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