Yahoo groups chat applet

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Wed Feb 06 2002 - 03:32:24 MST

Some interesting discoveries about the chat applet: It's a
perfectly normal, compatible, Java applet that runs just fine
with any Java VM, including under Linux, which I'm running
(using Sun's JDK 1.3.1 and the Galeon browser) But I had to
invoke it from a hand-created page on my own server to use it.

The problem is that the HTML in which the applet is embedded
uses Microsoft-specific scripting features to, among other things,
set the size of the applet, which gets set too small on other
systems. Yahoo's own "system requirements" doc simply says that
Windows os required--they don't even make any attempt to
accommodate those of us with real computers.

At any rate, there's no technical reason the chat won't work
for anyone, except that Yahoo seems to go out of their way to
make it not work.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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