Browser plugins

These days, you can use your web browser to listen to the radio, watch video clips and execute different programs. However, new features are developed for web pages at such a fast rate that most web browsers cannot implement all web page functions all by themselves. This is why you should make sure that the browser you are using has the most common plugins installed. By installing the plugins, you can make sure that you can see web pages with all their features (sound, video clips, embedded applications etc).

Since different technologies are used on web pages, you should make sure that you have all the necessary plugins on your computer. You can now test how the following types of media content work: if the following examples are not shown as described in the text, you should install the missing plugin on your computer.

Plugin Test your browser
Many web videos and e.g. all the demonstrations in this reading material are based on Flash technology, which requires the Flash Player plugin. If the link to the right does not launch a demonstration file, you can install the plugin from
The Adobe Reader plugin enables you to read PDF documents. If the link to the right does not open a PDF file (with Raymond Keskivarsen’s job application), download the PDF plugin from

You will find a considerable amount of plugins on the web sites of different browser developers. Various plugins will make your browser more functional. Unfortunately, no common standards are available for everything. For example, some sites require using the Microsoft Silverlight plugin for viewing videos instead of Flash.

In addition to plugins, browsers also utilize other programs on the computer, such as video and audio players. These programs will be described in the next sub-section.

Please do not forget about data security when downloading programs; it is usually fairly safe to download plugins from well-known software manufacturers, but if you are not sure about the manufacturer of a program, do not download the plugin!