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Chapter 35. CROSS-PLATFORM ISSUES > DEVELOPING FOR NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR AND MICRO...

DEVELOPING FOR NETSCAPE NAVIGATOR AND MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER

The biggest difference between Shockwave in the two browsers is the way that the Shockwave plug-in is installed. Netscape users have to download a Shockwave installer program and run it. This places a plug-in in their browser's plug-in folder that prompts them to download (and automatically install) all of Shockwave's components the next time they browse over to a Shockwave movie.

In Internet Explorer in Windows, the plug-in is wrapped inside an ActiveX control. ActiveX controls are files that extend the functionality of the operating system or of a program. In this case, the ActiveX control adds Shockwave to the browser. The way users get this control is better than the downloading scenario for Netscape users. It automatically looks for and loads the ActiveX control for Shockwave the first time the user browses over to a Shockwave movie.


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