You enable the Show Java Console option on the Java Plug-in Console (see "Basic Tab") to view error messages generated by Java Plug-in. When you visit a Java Plug-in-enabled page and encounter an error, the Java Plug-in Console opens, showing the error output. All output written to the Java System.err or System.out streams is written to the Console window.
If you set the JAVA_PLUGIN_TRACE environment variable but do not enable the Java Console (see "Java Plug-in Control Panel"), error messages appear in Netscape Alert Panels with the tracing information.
If you set the JAVA_PLUGIN_TRACE environment variable and enable the Java Plug-in Console, Java Plug-in's Java code also displays in the Console window (each line starts with Java:), and the C/C++ code displays in Netscape Alert panels (each line starts with Plugin:).