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ActiveX

ActiveX is used mostly for behind-the-scenes controls in the same way Java and cookies are used in Netscape. Internet Explorer used to use ActiveX as a visibly distinct response to Netscape plug-ins, but these days, the controls are not used to provide user-controlled applications so much as support. Some database applications that run on Microsoft servers use ActiveX applets (called controls) on active pages in the ASP and ASP.NET formats.

ActiveX is a software architecture developed by Microsoft and introduced with IE3 as its answer to the Java language—answering the cry for cross-platform portability with a proprietary code system. An ActiveX control can act like a plug-in and invisibly play multimedia content, or it can act like Java or JavaScript and serve as a miniature program that runs inside the Internet Explorer Web browser.


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