Java Plugin: availability, detection and installation
We are considering deploying our application as an Applet. We are considered however about the availability of Java, or the required version of Java, on the client's computer. The need to possibly installing a JRE, of several MB size, as a prerequisite is serious drawback.
1. Is there any source for statistics/information about the precentage of home computer having Java installed (preferably by version)
2. Is there a way for using webstart in order to deploy an applet running within a web browser's window?
3. What ways are available to detect from the browser what version of the Java plugin is available and direct user to installing it if needed?