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Patrick Mugabe
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Hi ranchers!!!
I am creating a Website (not a commercial one but just for learning purposes) using Java Applets. I have realised that I can not browse my site on some machines which do not have a Java plug-in. I noticed however that I can view some Web sites that run Applets so I am sure there is something I can do without having to install a Java plug-in on those machines. If there's anyone of you who knows how I can go about this please let me know.
 
Tim Holloway
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Java clients come in many configurations. Years ago, Microsoft and Netscape both supplied JVMs more or less standard with Java 1.02 (or in Microsoft's case something a Java 1.02 ripoff). Microsoft and Sun got into a legal fight about the ripoff, Microsoft lost, and said, in effect, "If we can't make Java work OUR way, then we won't supply Java at all". Which caused Sun to go to court again. If Microsoft loses again, they may be forced to carry an up-to-date Java.
In the mean time, Netscape was too busy going out of business to bother with JVM updates, so a good many machines either have a JVM that's too old to support Swing or don't have a JVM on them at all.
The good news - such as it is - is that once a user visits a website that needs a Java plug-in, they will be invited to download and install the plug-in (al 5.5MB of it), thereafter they won't need to ever download that particular plug-in release again. Getting them to do the download and install is the hard part, though, which is why many applets are simply written to Java 1.02 standard.
If Microsoft loses their latest appeal, they'll be required to make the latest Java available on pretty much all Windows machines, and this will bring client-side Java into the 21st Century. In the mean time, all we can do is suffer with it.
 
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