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Mozilla, Opera and Apple partner with plug-in developers Macromedia, Sun and Adobe to make multimedia content more functional in non-Microsoft browsers.A group of Web browser makers has banded together to make software plug-ins as functional in their own browsers as in Microsoft's dominant Internet Explorer browser.
The Mozilla Foundation, Opera Software ASA and Apple Computer Inc. announced earlier this week that they have developed an extension to a plug-in API that serves as an alternative to IE's method of using ActiveX for plug-in scripting. ActiveX also has been faulted in recent weeks for opening IE to security attacks.
The three browser makers are working with plug-in makers Macromedia Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. on the extension. Plug-ins allow other software programs, such as Macromedia Flash or Sun's Java, to run within a browser and provide multimedia content.
"The missing piece was a unified approach by the browser vendors and the plug-in vendors to build something that we all could adopt quickly," Baker said. "Another missing piece was having Mozilla Foundation as the venue to be involved and lead that effort."
The Mozilla Foundation was