Adobe Makes ActiveScript Engine Open Source

by admin November 7, 2006 at 4:29 am

Adobe Systems has announced that it will contribute the source code for its ActionScript Virtual Machine to the Mozilla Foundation, to be hosted under a new project called Tamarin.

ActionScript is Adobe’s implementation of ECMAScript, the formal name given to JavaScript when it was turned over to a standards body that almost no one uses. JavaScript has been forked for some time, with slightly different implementations in use by different developers.

The Mozilla browser, for example, has its own implementation, called SpiderMonkey. ActiveScript is used in Adobe’s Flash multimedia format, and Microsoft has its own for Internet Explorer, called JScript.

Adobe said its reason for turning over the ActionScript engine to Mozilla is to create a single standard for Web-based scripting.

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