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Applets have a number of uses -- they can provide interesting visual effects, or interactive charts, graphs, or other displays.

Applets can produce a substantial increase in loading times for a web page and consume resources on the user's computer. Because of this, they should be used only when they provide meaningful and useful interaction (as opposed to simply adding a glowing button, for example).

See also: Flash, Java
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