I have found that they use what seems like an initial applet advising the user that the main applet is being loaded. I've seen this in several sites using Flash animations.
This could be a nice idea for Jmol. Since the applet takes quite a time to download from distant servers, a warning for the user would be adequate. Right now, we have three steps:
1) a sizeable delay before Jmol's black square comes --the user may think the browser has stuck--;
2) the black square in Jmol shows a count-up of time, until the applet finishes loading --the user knows things are going on--;
3) time needed for the model to load. This can be anticipated by the web author, programming an initial "echo" script to warn the user.
Step (1) would benefit from some warning.
Would it be feasible? Could the modular, 6-piece JAR files design be used for this, or a separate applet jar that does the preloading role?
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