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  Plug-In Detection with JavaScript
Subject:   what about other plug-ins ? msWord etc?
Date:   2003-02-05 17:23:28
From:   bnreyal
Response to: Detecting Acrobat Reader & others

does anybody know where can i find the names of other plugins or viewers like msWord etc.
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  • what about other plug-ins ? msWord etc?
    2003-02-13 07:08:04  anonymous2 [View]

    I've used the following objects:

    Scripting.FileSystemObject
    Outlook.Application
    Word.Application
    Excel.Application

    Remember that Javascript now has try...catch() syntax which I've successfully used to degrade gracefully if creating one of these objects fails (because it isn't installed/isn't working properly etc).

    Also remember to quit word [objWord.Quit()] on the onUnload event of the page, otherwise you'll build up quite a little collection of WINWOD.EXE processes... these WILL eventually crash your computer ;-)

    Good luck.
    • what about other plug-ins ? msWord etc?
      2003-05-29 21:46:33  anonymous2 [View]

      Why is navigator.plugins still empty in IE 6.0?
      var objWord = new ActiveXObject("Word.Application"); always give the message
      "An ActiveX control on this page might be unsafe to interact with other parts of the page. Do you want to allow this interaction?"

      which is really a irritating to a user...it would be nice to have some other workaround...