The new 1.4.1 to Apple's Java component in Mac OS X adds several enhancements, including:
- Improved Java applet support for Safari and other web browsers that support the Java Internet Plug-In.
- Up-to-date with the latest Java release from Sun, with hundreds of new features, including built-in support for XML-based web services, enhanced client functionality, and improved performance and reliability.
- Java applications take better advantage of Aqua and Quartz Extreme.
- Java applications now fully leverage the built-in Universal Access features of Mac OS X v10.2.
- Java applications can now be controlled through AppleScript, via the new UI Scripting technology
However, readers are also noting a few quirks in the update. Bruce Davis notes problems with some Java-based online crossword puzzles that performed normally with previous iterations of the Java software:
"After an uneventful installation, I noticed that several on-line Java crossword puzzles no longer function properly. The 'tab' key no longer properly advances from field to field. Otherwise, so far, so good."
Another site apparently having problems with the new releae of Java is the Island.com investment site, which shows garbled stock information when a ticker symbol is entered in the Java "BookTool."
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