The two flaws that seem to most pervade the consciousness
of would-be Java programmers is that Java doesn't have
performance and that Java has not stood the test of
"Write Once, Run Anywhere" motto.
Performance has been getting better. At the same time
Java virtual machines are getting embedded in a lot
more OSes and Browsers. Unfortunately, this means that
there are a lot of differences in how they were implemented
and the bugs they pose.
Worse, not everyone in the browser community upgrades right
away. The likelihood is still high that when someone
visits your site, they may still be using Internet Explorer or
Netscape Navigator 3.x instead of the 4.x version. For an estimate
of browser percentages, try looking at
It almost seems like a daunting and impossible task to
write a decent Java applet that works on all these platforms.
And to get information on the differences between browsers
can be equally frustrating.
JavaSoft only really tracks bugs general to the JDK. It does
not track Netscape or IE bugs. Not all IE or Netscape bugs
get reported in their "official" databases. Other members
of the Java Community have written snippets about various
bugs and cross browser behavior, but usually only covering
a single topic.
It is the goal of this site to focus on bringing all these
"Cross Browser" sites together. Instead of just bringing
bugs to light, this site also focuses on providing workarounds and
sample source code to show how to get around these problems.
It is the intent of this site to provide knowledge
about Cross Browser bugs and differences and more importantly,
to provide a positive influence and encourage people to use
Java in browsers by providing workarounds for those same issues.
Cross Browser Bugs And Workarounds
- AWT-Related Bugs
- Network, Threading, Class Library Bugs
Other Cross Browser Related Links
There are many sources that have contributed to this site. Generally,
if someone submits a bug or workaround to me, your name will go under
the references/acknowledgements section for that bug.
The people who have contributed most directly to my efforts here
are Peter Chines, Anthony Masiello, Joseph Ryan, Mark McDonald, Erik
Ferlanti, and Selena Sol.