Document.plugins[] (Collection)

Another (confusing) name for the document.embeds property and NOT the navigator.plugins property.


JavaScript - 1.1
JScript - 3.0
Internet Explorer - 4.0
Netscape - 3.0
Opera - 3.0
Property/method value type:EmbedArray object
JavaScript syntax:-myDocument.plugins

Each <EMBED> tag is represented here by an object. The embeds are encapsulated in the same JavaObject objects as are used for the Java applets.

Every embedded plugin will respond to different suites of property and method messages although there may be some similarities between some plugins that serve the same purpose.

Netscape and MSIE encapsulate plugin/embedded objects in a different way. In MSIE they are objects of the EMBED class. In Netscape they are objects commonly referred to as belonging to the Plugin class although they are really implemented as JavaObject objects. In MSIE, this is an ActiveX object.

There is additional confusion in that there is a plugins[] array that belongs to the document and another than belongs to the navigator object. They both contain collections of objects but of different types. This is further confused by the fact that the document.plugins[] array is another name for the document.embeds[] array.

Due to this confusing situation, the best recommendation is that we refer to document.embeds[] and navigator.plugins[] and quietly ignore the document.plugins[] array. Furthermore we shall refer to Plugin objects as being something the browser can use to play embedded content and Embed objects will be an instance of a plugin that is alive and running in a document.


See also:Document object, Document.embeds[], EmbedArray object

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