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17.2.4 Automatic Java 3D installation

At the time of this writing it was not possible to confirm that Java 3D could be automatically installed by the Java 2 plug−in. Sun claims that this will work, but I experienced a number of problems running on Windows 98, which prevented me from verifying this.

It should be possible to create a Java 3D applet that would install the Java 2 SDK, then install Java 3D and the Java 3D applet or application into the Java 2 extension directory and finally run the applet.

There are a number of useful articles on Sun’s web sites covering the Java 2 extension mechanism:

Tutorial on the Java 2 extensions mechanism: http:

Java 2 SDK extensions documentation:


JAR file extension options: http: