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Chapter 5. Using External Resources > ActiveX Controls and Plugins

5.3. ActiveX Controls and Plugins

ActiveX controls (formerly OLE controls) are reusable components that add functionality to Internet Explorer on Windows only. Macintosh browsers and Netscape Navigator for Windows use Netscape-style plugins to provide similar functionality. Many accessories, including Flash and Shockwave, are available in both forms to support all major browsers.

Whereas prior versions of Internet Explorer for Windows supported both ActiveX controls and Netscape-style plugins, IE5.5 SP2 and IE6.0 do not support Netscape-style plug-ins. They now require ActiveX controls exclusively.



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