Several years ago, one of elements through which the Internet is as we know it were the plugins. These supplements endowed web pages of content, with HTML at that time, it was impossible to implement, for example, games or multimedia content. However, thanks to current standards, plug-ins such as Java or Flash have become totally obsolete, even to pose a risk to the safety of users to be full of vulnerabilities.

Flash is one of the supplements used today to provide web pages games, animations or multimedia content, but the HTML 5 standard is able to overcome by far the capabilities of this supplement. Unfortunately, although everything was done so far with Flash can be implemented with HTML 5, many of the old pages have not updated their content and still rely on this supplement, preventing users from accessing your content without having it installed and preventing this finally disappears from the network.

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Some browsers such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, are no longer compatible with NPAPI plugins, and others such as Firefox, have raised make these supplements are no longer available in early 2017. Therefore, in order to continue offering users support for content that has not yet been ported, for example, HTML5, the developers of these browsers need to include default few own, developed and maintained by them, in order to equip their browsers these functions ons.

Given the success of the PPAPI ons in its rival, Google Chrome, Mozilla is considering bringing two of the most widely used browser, Firefox plugins, using libraries like PDFium to add a PDF viewer improved and Pepper Flash, free plugin as Adobe Flash Player definitive substitute.

Mortar, the Mozilla project to bring PDFium and Pepper Flash to Firefox

Mozilla has begun a new project, called Mortar Project, with which is considering taking your own browser two accessories with which to equip your browser new features without security breaches NPAPI plugins.

The first is the library supplements PDFium with Firefox which could have a native PDF document viewer improved, very similar to having Google Chrome. Thus, Firefox may have an excellent PDF viewer without need for the company to invest more resources in improving the existing one that, in itself, is too simple.

The second of the supplements is known Pepper Flash, an alternative and free version of Adobe Flash Player with which the browser could have safely with support for web pages even without the need for users to install any additional supplement. In this way, like when you install Google Chrome the browser is already compatible with Flash content, Firefox looks similar functionality.

In the case of PDFium, the company plans to add at the beginning of 2017, however, for now Mozilla has not given any date on the plans you have to add the Pepper Flash plugin as a substitute for Adobe. We recall that in early 2017 also support Firefox will stop all plugins except NPAPI plugin Flash, which will be the only one that will continue to operate after the deadline.

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Several years ago, one of elements through which the Internet is as we know it were the plugins. These supplements endowed web pages of content, with HTML at that time, it was impossible to implement, for example, games or multimedia content. However, thanks to current standards, plug-ins such as...