This section describes the primary features of the Java runtime in Netscape 6, which is enabled by Java Plug-in.
Applets are loaded by Java Plug-in if these tags are used. For information on how to use the OBJECT or EMBED tag to launch an applet, see Chapter 3, Using OBJECT, EMBED and APPLET Tags in Java Plug-in.
RSA signed applet verification is supported.
You may display the Java Console through the Netscape 6 browser menu: Tasks->Tools->Java Console.
You may enable/disable the Java platform through the Netscape 6 browser menu: Edit->Preferences->Advanced. Note that to take effect, the browser must be restarted.
Whenever a page is visited, theinit() and start() methods of the applet are called; and whenever the page is left, the stop() and destroy() methods may be called.
Java Plug-in previously handled proxy and cookie support alone. In Netscape 6 this support is moved to the browser.
HTTPS is supported through the Java Secure Socket Extension (JSSE) in the Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition.
Via its XPInstall mechanism, Netscape 6 will support automatic download of Java Plug-in (JRE) if it is not present.
Although backward compatibility between the Java 2 Platform and the Netscape VM has been the goal, it may not be 100%. Some applets may run as is; other may only need recompilation; others, however, may need to be ported to the Java 2 platform.