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Understanding Players

In order to play any multimedia file in a browser, the user needs a third-party program to play the file. These players are either plug-ins or ActiveX controls, and some are installed automatically with the browser or operating system software. Of course, you don't want to assume that a person viewing your web page has the same players installed that you have. You always want to give the viewer information on how to obtain a necessary player.

Browsers deal with multimedia files in two ways. Netscape, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox extend their capabilities with plug-ins. Each browser has a plug-ins folder where these programs are stored. A plug-in is a piece of additional software that adds new functionality to the browser. The user might need to restart the browser after installing a plug-in for the plug-in to work.


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