Microsoft Explorer to sidestep ActiveX, Java

Microsoft's Trident aims to embed local objects within Web pages without ActiveX controls or Java applets.

Microsoft is conducting an HTML object model research project dubbed Trident that aims to embed local objects within Web pages without ActiveX controls or Java applets.

Trident was shown to a gathering of ISVs last month in Redmond, Washington, and will be previewed at the company's Website Builders Conference, in San Jose, California, late this month. The technology will appear in a 1997 version of Internet Explorer.

Future uses of the technology probably will not be limited to browsers, according to Jon Roskill, Microsoft's product manager for the Internet platform and tools division. Microsoft submitted its HTML object model specification to the World Wide Web Consortium in the middle of last month.

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