Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

Should we drop Applet support from our Java PDF Viewer?

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Have Java applets have had their day? They cause a whole raft of security issues and consume a huge amount of resources. It may be one reason why Java 8 looks like it has been delayed – Oracle has had to rollout a whole list of updates to address security issues. Mark Reinhold has written about the security issues in depth on his blog.

Applets are becoming more complex to use and will also require an external party to provide the signatures so that Applets can all be validated. There is a good description on the latest Java Spotlight Podcast.

Given that you can use Java to write Apps and Webstart or develop rich client apps in HTML5 with JSP which can easily integrate with Java on the server, is there still a demand for Applet support? Why would you use an Applet when you can build a secure application in GlassFish?

So should we keep Applet support in our PDF viewer, deprecate it or totally remove it – what do you think?

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IDRsolutions develop a Java PDF Viewer and SDK, an Adobe forms to HTML5 forms converter, a PDF to HTML5 converter and a Java ImageIO replacement. On the blog our team post anything interesting they learn about.

Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

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