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Chapter 24. Using Java Applets, Browser ... > Design Corner: Considerations in Usi...

Design Corner: Considerations in Using Applets, Plug-Ins, and ActiveX

If you're looking for plug-ins for experimentation, one place to start is the Netscape site, specifically at http://home.netscape.com/plugins. Here you'll find plug-ins for 3D and animation, audio and video, image viewing, and business utilities, along with links to other plug-in vendors and suppliers, such as Macromedia. Another, even more comprehensive, list is available at http://browserwatch.internet.com/plug-in.html. Or, if you're looking for ActiveX controls, try http://browserwatch.internet.com/activex.html.

Because of the lack of ActiveX support for Netscape browsers, you might be well advised to avoid extensive use of these components unless your target audience is guaranteed to be using Internet Explorer on Windows machines. This is unlikely to be the case unless the web site is on an intranet. If this is the case, however, ActiveX might be a good choice because the controls are very fast and efficient. They run natively on Windows machines and are usually smaller than plug-ins.


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