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  2. JDK-6624980

Support animated GIF images for custom loading screens in Plugin

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        As documented here:
        http://java.sun.com/javase/6/docs/technotes/guides/plugin/developer_guide/special_attributes.html
        one can use the following syntax to provide a custom splash/startup screen for an
        applet, which overrides the default Java Plugin animation:
          <APPLET ...>
          <PARAM name="image" value="my_image.gif">
          </APPLET>

        The problem is that if one provides an animated GIF image, only the first frame
        is shown, so this solution cannot be used to provide a custom "loading..." screen
        that provides user feedback. We need to fix the Java Plugin so that it can
        display animated GIF images properly in this context.

        Many customers have requested a way to override the default Java Plugin animation,
        since in many cases it clashes with the aesthetics of a website or may conflict with
        their own branding requirements. While an animated GIF isn't the most ideal solution
        to this problem, it is a reasonable stopgap until such a time that we can provide
        a more complete solution. (For one thing, we currently have no way to make a custom
        animated GIF show the true loading progress of an applet, so these custom animated
        GIFs would have to be more of an indeterminate progress indicator, which is better
        than a static image at least.)

        Also requested a number of times in the comments of this blog entry:
        http://weblogs.java.net/blog/campbell/archive/2007/02/orange_box_new.html

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                • Assignee:
                  kbr Kenneth Russell (Inactive)
                  Reporter:
                  campbell Christopher Campbell (Inactive)
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