Netscape has crept closer to Java Development Kit 1.1 compliance across its browser range, with the final version of new patch which makes the Win 95 and NT versions of Navigator and Communicator more JDK 1.1-compliant.
Netscape was recently caught in the crossfire between Sun Microsystems and Microsoft. When Sun sought to force Microsoft to stop using the Java-compliant logo on its Internet Explorer browser, Netscape, whose browsers lacked crucial JDK 1.1 functionality, was obliged to quietly drop the logo from its own products.
The Support for JDK 1.1 patch adds support for JavaBeans, Java Native interface, AWT 1.1, New Event Model and printing for applets. But Netscape can still give no firm committment on when it will be able to make its browsers fully compliant, and it may not be able to catch up again until version 5.0 next year.
A preview version of the support patch for Unix was also released this week.
Information and downloads for the Support for JDK 1.1 patch are available from Netscape's develop site at: