"Known as 'browser plug-ins', these mostly free software packages
are rapidly changing not only the everyday experience of using
the Web, but also some widely held notions about the Web's future. "
"All of which raises the question: With plug-ins carving out big chunks
of Web applications for themselves by way of easy to-use PC programs,
what is going to happen to Sun's Java?"
"Plug-ins can be considered the second generation of Web technology.
The first was the Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, which allows
Web page developers to display text and still images on their screens."
--- Comments from article "Plug-ins may redraw Web's capabilities".