Apple Tailors OpenDoc for Internet Apps

A revamped OpenDoc tailored specifically for Internet applications will be the highlight of Apple's World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) next month.

Although Apple has already been positioning OpenDoc as a Web tool with its CyberDog browser technology, the company's next move will be to strengthen OpenDoc's capability to work with the Java programming language from Sun and with Web browsers from Netscape Communications, sources say.

The features Apple will demonstrate are expected to include Java support from within OpenDoc and OpenDoc-enabled versions of Adobe Systems's PageMill and SiteMill Webtools. Apple may also sign an alliance with Netscape, sources say.

By supporting Java and Netscape, Apple may be able to shore up support among developers who are questioning Apple's commitment to both the Internet and OpenDoc.

"Developers have lost a lot of the enthusiasm they had for OpenDoc," says Richard Doherty, founder of Envisioneering, a market research company in Seaford, New York. "This is how Apple hopes to rekindle it."

Apple will introduce at the conference the third -- and probably final -- beta of CyberDog with Java support built in, sources says.

Apple will also be demonstrating the Macintosh client for Java, although the client software being jointly developed by Sun and Apple won't ship until this US summer.

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