one reason to use applets is that most people have never heard of java webstart and it doesnt help that web browsers dont recognise the files either(well IE and firefox on all machines i use dont),
It works fine on IE AND firefox on all my machines. WIn32 and Linux. If youve installed a recent JRE then thats not your rpoblem.
Its more likely that your webserver is failing to return thr right mime type. Without that it may not get recognized.
For some reason it works now XD, but for a long peroid of time it didnt.
Incidently, when i had an older versoin of the jdk installed(cant remeber which), i was able to double click on *.jar files and if they contained a class file with a main method they would load that program. When i installed a newer jdk, windows doesnt recognise *.jar files and i can open them any way other than the command line. does anybody know why this is?