[MUD-Dev] Web vs. Java client

Christopher Kohnert chris at achaea.com
Thu Oct 23 00:04:05 New Zealand Daylight Time 2003

On Monday, October 20, 2003, at 10:21  AM, Kwon J. Ekstrom wrote:
> Christopher Allen wrote:

>> We've been fighting this at Skotos for several years. The main
>> two things I can suggest is: A) avoid client java at all costs --
>> we tried forever and it the platform differences never made it
>> worth the effort, and B) we've built an incredibly powerful
>> client just using Mozilla's javascript, that is as good as our
>> best ActiveX client for windows.

> I'd have to agree here, at least for applets, there isn't a good
> standard.  Over the years, there have been many versions of java
> that pollute the client market.  Although by downloading the java
> plugin, you can ensure a standard, it's not something people like
> to have forced upon them.

As long as you stick to 1.1 Java you get a pretty darn decent
standard to work with. Our java client is all 1.1 and it does quite
a lot. Biggest annoyance we've had so far is getting access to the
freaking clipboard. And documentation on signing 1.1 stuff (to get
out of the sandbox) for both IE and Netscape seems to be missing,
contradictory, or vague. (Which, if anyone's got some pointers to a
clear document on it, it's definitely worth a big smooch! ;))

But, on the whole, you can get quite a lot of functionality out of a
1.1 Java applet and be pretty sure it'll work almost
everywhere. There are tons of tiny discrepancies, but they are
easily worked around.

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