Dealing with java menus and XP SP2

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  1. Alt+F4

    Alt+F4 official OT hockey stud

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    With the new IE settings in SP2, I'd imagine a large chunk of humanity now cannot run java by default, and don't have the skills or knowhow to change that setting on their own. Would it be safe so that java menus are now useless? I designed a site for my brother-in-law's whitewater rafting company, and I'm in the process of redesigning my work's website, both using the same applet. When I test it with IE with SP2 installed (I use firefox normally) it does not show the menu, but instead says "To protect your security, IE has restricted this file from showing active content..." yadda yadda. I love this menu and I want to keep using it, but I don't think I can trust normal people of the world to know how to get around that. Your thoughts?
     
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    Personally, I wouldn't use a Java applet to do any kind of web page navigation for exactly that reason. You can never be sure if someone has Java (same applies for Flash) installed.

    That's just a personal preference for me, though...
     
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    Why not use a CSS menu?
     
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    java menues were always useless, the only thing you should be using java for is jsp/servlets (backend)
     
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    If you are doing it locally, then XP will disable the java applet. Try uploading it to the website and see it works through there. Local apps are much more dangerous so XP tries to stop it.
     
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    I don't have SP2 here at home...would you guys mind checking this out? I'm hoping that jkuao is right...

    http://sau21.k12.nh.us/beta/betaindex.html

    I know, I'm no master of the html...but you should have seen the frontpage 97 special that this replaced a few years back...
     
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    works fine in firefox 1.01
     
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    Yeah, I run 1.0, and run the Mozilla browser at work. Only seems to have issues in IE with SP2 and standard defaults...so hopefully someone here has that setup (unlikely I guess) and can let me know...
     
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    Works fine in IE and SP2 for me at least. Security settings are medium.
     
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    My policy when designing a site is that it should look the way it's intended in any browser at at 800x600 or higher, without the user needing any plugins or special features. HTML/CSS and images are all the browser should receive from the server, everything else should be backend.
     
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    Does anyone have a CSS menu that looks ANYTHING like the java menu I used in my link above? I'll look myself later today, but figured I'd ask here...
     
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    Uh, that's not java, it's javascript/DHTML.
     

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