Monday, July 11, 2005

 

Asking the Mozilla Devs

All right; the long and short of it is that the "simple" plugin from last time didn't register or otherwise work. As such, I decided to pop over to irc.mozilla.org and see if I couldn't straighten things out directly with the developers. Apparently, the XPCOM plugin interfaces are deprecated >_<. So… there's no reason not to just use the plain-jane C NPAPI interface. I'll go ahead and design with that in mind.

Comments:
Just a quick thought: We should try to avoid using the eye-candy gtk offers to plugins, since IIRC that won't work with opera. And XPCOM probably wounldn't work witrh opera either... see you latter on irc
 
Well, we've explicitly marked our plugin as "mozilla" — not as a generic "work in any browser" plugin. If we're looking to work in lots of browsers, we should probably rename the directory to "netscape." A list of browsers we want to support would be nice, too.
 
an unofficial list of browsers we wish to support: Mozilla based browsers, konquorer and opera, in that order.
All three can be done using NPAPI.
I can't remember if konquorer can handle gtk-plugin-stuff...
I think Christophe started a KPart-plugin, but couldn't get i working properly.
 
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