Re: Java is not the only applet language!

Bert Bos (bert@w3.org)
Mon, 23 Sep 1996 20:36:55 +0200


To: www-html@w3.org
From: Bert Bos <bert@w3.org>
Subject: Re: Java is not the only applet language!
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 1996 20:36:55 +0200
Message-ID: <3246D8C7.6EA4@w3.org>

Ka-Ping Yee wrote:

> From the September 9 Draft of the HTML 3.2 Reference Specification
> <URL:http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/TR/WD-html32>:
> 
> > APPLET (Java Applets)
> >
> [...]
> >
> > Requires start and end tags. This element is supported by all Java
> > enabled browsers. It allows you to embed a Java applet into HTML
> > documents.
> 
> Excuse me, but how can the W3C possibly claim that Java is
> the only WWW applet programming language?

APPLET is only for Java. HTML 3.2 describes the situation as it was at
the start of this year. Things have changed since then. APPLET will be
succeeded by OBJECT, which works for all applet languages (and many
other embedded things as well.)

> Specific references to Java should be removed.  This tag (and
> the <OBJECT> tag) are for embedding objects of general types,
> not for one programming language only.

Note that OBJECT is not in HTML 3.2. The first draft of OBJECT dates
from February. 



Bert