Information about applets

Applets are programs written in Java that are machine independent and can be run on your own machine. They need the Java Virtual Machine to run them. This should be standard on most university or college computers. However, a recent unfortunate change in the Java update means that you must have the latest version of the Java VM. This can be downloaded free from You only need to download it; it will sort itself out on your machine.

The individual applet programs can be downloaded on to your own machine so that you do not need to operate on-line. This has the advantage that you can make adjustments to the size of the diagram. The applet is run by a small *.html file. You can edit this (using NotePad, in which it comes up automatically if you select View Source from the View menu). You will see WIDTH and HEIGHT parameters in pixels. The applet should be resizable in the range from about 1000 to 400 pixels in WIDTH and you should change the HEIGHT parameter roughly in proportion. In most of the applets there will be control parameters that highlight different features. These generally take the values 0 or 1 and you can play about with them to see what they do. In some of them there is a parameter "alias", which improves the quality of the lines drawn in the graphs when it is set to 1, although this will make the calculation significantly slower. To be able to make these adjustments download the applet (*.jar file) and the controlling file (*.html file).