A recent update to Microsoft Internet Explorer included a change that alters the way users interact with applets and other interactive content in the browser. With this change, users are first required to manually activate (click on) the applet's user interface, before the user can interact with the content. If the page has multiple interactive components, users are required to activate each user interface individually.
It is possible to get the old behavior back. Microsoft has published a general solution for updating web pages that restores the user experience. For more information, see the Microsoft article Activating ActiveX Controls. Working with Microsoft, Sun has developed an Internet Explorer deployment guide customized for Java developers, which provides examples on how to leverage the Microsoft work around, and minimize user impact of the Internet Explorer update.
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