<World-Wide Web> A Java program which can be distributed as an attachment
in a World-Wide Web document and executed by a Java-enabled web browser such as
Sun's HotJava, Netscape Navigator version 2.0, or Internet Explorer.
Navigator severely restricts the applet's file system and network access in
order to prevent accidental or deliberate security violations. Full Java
applications, which run outside of the browser, do not have these restrictions.
Web browsers can also be extended with plug-ins though these differ from applets
in that they usually require manual installation and are platform-specific.
Various other languages can now be embedded within HTML documents, the most
Despite Java's aim to be a "write once, run anywhere" language, the difficulty
of accomodating the variety of browsers in use on the Internet has led many to
abandon client-side processing in favour of server-side Java programs for which
the term servlet was coined.
Merriam Webster "Collegiate Edition" gives a 1990 definition: a short
application program especially for performing a simple specific task.
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