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Q1:Can I force the browser to download a plug-in automatically to support my document?
A1: No, although a future version of Netscape may support this feature, and Internet Explorer provides an option to allow the download of plug-ins on demand. If the user does download and install the plug-in, you can use the navigator.plugins.reload method to refresh the list of plug-ins.
Q2:Where can I find a list of the exact properties and methods supported by a plug-in?
A2: Check the plug-in vendor's Web site. For the plug-ins that are bundled with Netscape, you can find information on Netscape's site.
Q3:Just how supported are plug-ins? Will I be abandoning part of my audience by using them?
A3: In the case of basic plug-ins such as Quicktime and audio players, you're pretty safe to use them. More complicated plug-ins are far less common. I suggest that you only use these when they're required (for example, a game that requires Macromedia Flash) or when you've provided a plug-in-free alternative to access your content.


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