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The Jmol Applet allows the 3D display of molecules within a web page.
With the exception of a few wrapper classes, the Jmol Applet code is shared with the Jmol Application.
The applet is tested and working with Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Mozilla (and derivatives) and Konqueror on various platforms. Test results are given below. But be advised that this table (like most documentation) is often out of date.
If you find problems with the browser/operating system/jvm combination of your choice, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating the exact error (most browsers have a Java Console), and the versions of the browser, the operating system, and the java virtual machine that is used.
The JmolApplet has been tested successfully with the following system configurations:
Microsoft Internet Explorer with Microsoft JVM
Microsoft Internet Explorer with Sun Java Plugin >= 1.4
Netscape 4.7/4.8 (slow performance)
Netscape 7 with Sun Java Plugin >= 1.4
Mozilla with Sun Java Plugin >= 1.4
Firefox 1.0 with Sun Java Plugin >= 1.4
Opera 7.5.4 with Sun Java Plugin >= 1.4
Mac OS X 10.3.3 or greater
Safari 1.2 (v125)
Previous versions of OSX & Safari have significant problems. Even subsequent versions have problems. Lets hope that Apple can keep things stable.
Netscape 7.2 with javaplugin.sourceforge.net installed
Mozilla 1.7.3 with javaplugin.sourceforge.net installed
Firefox 1.0 with javaplugin.sourceforge.net installed
all versions of Opera OSX up through 7.5.4 are completely broken
Mozilla 1.6 + Sun Java >= 1.4
Firefox 1.0 + Sun Java >= 1.4
all versions of Konqueror up through 3.3 are broken
Mac OS 9
Netscape 4.7* marginal performance with limited functionality
It is possible to use the JmolApplet within an XML/XHTML environment. This is entirely irrelevant for most people's purposes - if you don't know that you need this capability, then you don't.
It requires a browser capable of dealing properly with XHTML documents. At the time of writing, this was limited solely to recent versions of Mozilla-based browsers and of Opera. Note in particular that Internet Explorer will not support this mode of operation within the foreseeable future. It also requires that your documents validate entirely correctly against the appropriate schemata.
That all said, the XHTML features of JmolApplet have been successfully tested on the following OS/browser/JVM combinations.
We recommend a machine with a 600 Mhz CPU and 256 Mb of RAM. This should cover almost every machine made this century.
If you have older CPU with a newer/upgraded operating system, (like Mac OSX or WinXP) then we strongly recommend that you have at least 256 Mb of RAM ... more is better.
No specialized video hardware is required.
The JmolApplet is configured on the web server just like any other Java applet.
The JmolApplet.jar and Jmol.js files are placed in a directory on your web server. We advise placing them in a sibling directory or subdirectory of your .html pages ... something like ../jmol or ./jmol
All the java classes needed by the applet are contained in the single JmolApplet.jar file.
The applet runs as an unsigned/untrusted applet. Therefore, no additional steps are needed for end-user verification of applet authenticity.