Netscape : Java Glossary

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Netscape Netscape
Defunct as of 2008-02-01. Netscape was one of the original web browsers. You can download it free. Click the icon to download. Netscape is a family of similar browsers: Netscape begat Mozilla which begat Firefox which begat Flock. Firefox oddly begat Netscape circularly.
Older Versions The Netscape/Mozilla Clan
Recent Versions Links

Older Versions

People with older equipment often stay with the older version 4.79 which has only Java 1.1.5. It supports the Java Plug-in, but only as Plug-in, not as its native Java. You need special <OBJECT tags instead of <APPLET tags to invoke applets. You need the HTML Converter to create them because they are so complicated.

Recent Versions

Netscape supports Java Plug-in both qua plug-in and as its native Java. If you install the JDK (Java Development Kit) after Netscape it will be installed automatically. If not, copy NPOJI600.DLL from J:\Program Files\java\jdk1.8.0_20\ \jre\bin to \Program Files\Netscape\Netscape 6\Plugins.

I use the fusion theme. I like each of my browsers to look distinctly different so I can easily tell which one I am using.

The Netscape/Mozilla Clan

It can be hard to sort out the members of the Netscape/Mozilla clan without a program.
  1. It started with Netscape one of the original web browsers born not long after the original Mosaic.
  2. Mozilla sprang from Netscrape’s brow. Mozilla handles browsing+email+newsgroups.
  3. Firefox is a streamlined browser-only begat by Mozilla.
  4. Thunderbird does email only, and was also sired by Mozilla to streamline email and make it more robust.
  5. Mozilla is currently frozen, but is being reborn as SeaMonkey, a suite continuing to handle browsing+email+newsgroups.
  6. Even though Netscape is the grand patriarch of this clan, it now is ironically based on the Firefox code base, as in the song, I’m my own grandpa.

Click any ball to view the corresponding colour palette.

Named Colours select palette Alphabetically (140) select palette BHS: by Brightness, Hue, Saturation select palette HBS: by Hue, Brightness, Saturation select palette SBH: by Saturation, Brightness, Hue select palette Java AWT Colours (16,777,216)
select palette RGB: Numerically (140) select palette BSH: by Brightness, Saturation, Hue select palette HSB: by Hue, Saturation, Brightness select palette SHB: by Saturation, Hue, Brightness select palette Java Swing Colours (16,777,216)
Numbered Colours select palette HTML 3.2 (16) select palette Websafe (216) select palette Rainbow (4096) select palette Spectrum (401) select palette X11 (657)
Selected Colours select palette Pale (256) select palette Dark (2022) select palette Simple (105) select palette Greys (256) select palette Colour Schemes
The above colour chart shows Netscape’s 133 standard colours, and HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) 3.2’s 16 standard colours. It shows the colours displayed eight ways, (colour on white, colour on black, black on colour, white on colour) both using alpha names and hex names. You can check out your browser for Netscape colour compatibility. It shows the Standard Netscape 8.0 alpha names such as aliceblue and also the hex, RGB (Red Green Blue) an HSB (Hue Saturation Brightness) values both as HTML and raw ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) text.

For a discussion of browser-safe colours see Lynda Weinman’s essay.

Netscape used to have an Applet security system known as capabilities and a digital signing tool called signtool, but these are no longer supported. Netscape uses standard Java Applet signing.


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