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Browser application extensions

By answering these three questions develop an argument for or against the use of browser application extensions.

Do you think there a real difference between a plug-in and a helper application?

What are the reasons for their development?

Is it a good thing to allow companies other than the manufacturer to extend your browser software?

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"Do you think there a real difference between a plug-in and a helper application?"

Almost any program can be configured to act as a helper application for the browser. Examples of helper applications include Telnet and Excel.

The browser spawns a separate process which starts the helper application. An advantage of helper applications over plug-ins is multitasking between a helper application and the browser window. If the browser is closed down, the helper application lives on.

The browser has ...

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