Web pages need updating: Firefox 3 required
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out why deployJava.js wasn't working as
expected. To make a long story short, I found the answer in the plugin2
release notes: https://jdk6.dev.java.net/plugin2/:
Note that the new Java Plug-In does not work in Firefox 2. On the Windows
platform, when the new Java Plug-In is enabled via the Java Control Panel,
launching Firefox 2 will use the classic plug-in and launching Firefox 3
will use the new plug-in. Sun Microsystems and the Mozilla Foundation have
been working closely in order to support the new Java Plug-In in Firefox 3.
Both organizations have mutually decided not to back-port the required
changes which are significant to Firefox 2, as it is expected that most
Firefox users will upgrade to Firefox 3.
Fair enough, but now that plugin2 is part of the "standard" release of javase,
this limitation needs to be displayed more prominently. One good place would
be in the plug installation instructions, particularly
This first of these pages has a couple of occurrences of "If you install
Firefox 1.5...", but no mention of Firefox 2 or 3. The pages for other
platforms are similar. There are other places that are even more out of date,
for example http://java.sun.com/javase/6/webnotes/install/jdk/install-linux.html#tro...
Java Plugin Browser Registration Instructions
You must register the Java Plugin product with Netscape or Mozilla for
the Plugin to work. Click on the following link to see the instructions
for manual registration. Note that for SuSE the 8.1 or higher version
of Mozilla must be used, and for non-SuSE Linux, the version of Mozilla
must be 1.1 or higher. Please follow these instructions:
Manual Registration Instructions
Also see documentation on the Java Plugin component.
Note that the link in the last line points to