Microsoft is no longer shipping the java VM with their operating system, so you will have to download a plugin. Get the 1.4 plugin from Sun, that way you can use modern java instead of that ancient version from MS.
beth, I suspect that someone must have installed Java support on your machine. It is my understanding as well as my experience on my own Windows XP system, that Microsoft is no longer including Java support with their shipping version of XP or IE. Microsoft's old JRE is downloadable from microsoft.com, but it only supports Java up to version 1.1.8. The Microsoft Virtual Machine is available at http://www.microsoft.com/java/vm/dl_vm40.htm and Sun's Java products can be found at http://java.sun.com .
If you upgrade to XP from an older system and had IE with Microsoft's Java VM installed, you will still have Microsoft's Java VM available. If it is a brand spanking new installation of Windows XP, you will not have Microsoft's Java VM. No matter what some people might say, for compatibility with the most websites, you should have Microsoft's Java VM installed and NOT set Sun's Java plug-in to take over the applet tag. There is no way for a website to know that Sun's Java plug-in has taken over the applet tag, so if they've set things up to server a special version to IE users, you will still get the version intended for the Microsoft VM. Sun really needs to fix this bug in their plug-in to change the User Agent string so a website will know not to serve Microsoft specific files (this is especially true for when applet signing comes into play).
David G. Risner<br />Software Engineer<br />California State University, Los Angeles
Joined: Sep 23, 2001
Thank you very much
Joined: Sep 23, 2001
Is it then worth to develop applets when the applet won't work for Win XP without downloading a plug-in? [ May 21, 2002: Message edited by: Manuel Paco ]
Originally posted by Manuel Paco: Is it then worth to develop applets when the applet won't work for Win XP without downloading a plug-in? [ May 21, 2002: Message edited by: Manuel Paco ]
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