[ale] OT: no more active X in IE?
jojerose at mindspring.com
Sun Aug 31 22:54:26 EDT 2003
On Sat, 2003-08-30 at 08:24, Geoffrey wrote:
> 'Eolas' patent (US Patent 5,838,906) was granted on November 17, 1998
> and covers technologies for the creation of a browser system that
> allowed for the embedding of small interactive programs, such as
> plug-ins, applets, scriptlets or ActiveX Controls, into online documents.'
> Seems to me this would affect all browsers, but these guys won a .5
> billion $ suite against M$.
I was cautiously happy when I heard about this. Though it is always
nice to see MS lose a battle, I wonder how this will effect Mozilla and
other free browsers. Will everyone have to pay an Eolas tax just to
include embedded object support in a browser or does this just have to
do with the way ActiveX works? What about Java, applets, php? From
what I have read of the patent, it is very vague and doesn't represent a
real product, just an idea. I'm worried this will in the long run
damage the Open Source community as much or more than MS.
Ale mailing list
Ale at ale.org
More information about the Ale