Interactive Financial Solutions
FACT: Java Applets require the Java Virtual Machine to be installed on the computer. Not all computers have the Java Virtual Machine installed. Windows XP, for example, does not ship with the Java Virtual Machine installed. Thus, a growing user base cannot use Java-based calculators.
FACT: Java Applets can be slow to load. This causes visitors to bail out and move onto something else without trying your calculators.
FACT: Java Applets can crash your visitor's browser or their computer.
HTML pages loading in a browser do not. Our own testing of Java-based calculators show that crashes can and do occur. By placing Java-based calculators on your web site you guarantee that you will crash some of your visitors browsers and worse some of your visitors computers. How do you know its won't be the CEO of a major client? Or a major shareholder?
FACT: Java applets can be blocked by corporate firewalls due to security concerns by the IT group with respect to hostile applets. Once this action is taken, all applets are blocked not just hostile ones. Thus, your Java-based calculators will not be seen or used by these website visitors.
FACT: Java applets can fail to load and run for many reasons. There are a lot of compatibility problems with Java-based applet calculators that do not exist with HTML based calculators. Here is a small sampling of web sites that illustrate the many nuances and problems associated with applets:

FACT: Java can create and introduce security problems which causes people to disable Java through fear of security. Sure the Java calculators on your site may not be hostile but if doesn't matter because the web site visitor who disables Java in their browser will never see them or use them.

FACT: Java Applets can be disabled in the browser and then are not useable by those visitors. Many users disable Java for fear of security issues. Many corporate IT departments have installed browser software with Java disable for security reasons. When these people try to use a Java-based calculator on your site, they will see nothing and think less of your company.
FACT: Java applets cannot print reports. Is it important to have users print out a report from a calculator? Is it important to have the potential of having your name and logo printed on paper for persistence beyond their visit to your website? If so then using Java applets are ineffective compared to the technologies used by WebCalcs®.
OTHER WHITE PAPERS: The following are additional white papers and resources from other companies explaining problems and pitfalls with Java applets.

The above resources and links are just a few that we have highlighted based on our research. There are numerous other resources that discuss the same issues.

Would you hang up the phone if a potential client called you? Would you slam the door in their face if they tried to visit your office? Of course not. Then why would you put something on your website that has the same effect?



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