Applet difficulty

I am having difficulty with applets I am using. Both of the applets I wish to use require more than one ".class" file, but there doesn't seem to be anywhere where the first calls the second or refers to the second. eg an applet which is supposed to allow the user to change text color and bgcolor but does not, a default color seems to always come up. Looking at the code, the class file which has reference to bgcolor etc is in "thoughts.class", actual paraname values which can be changed are in a separate class file. Both class files are in the same directory but the bgcolor and text color values do not change to the required input. The same happens with the LivingLinks.class. There is a Fade.class plugin for this applet, but I am unable to  get it to work.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,  Craig
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tattiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Let's see if I understood this correctly. You have an applet that consists of multiple classes. The applet class receives color information from applet parameters, or where ever.

The problem is that you have another class which draws stuff on the applet and it should get to know the colors to use. You can either make the colors class or instance variables (static or normal).

If you make them static, you can refer to them from the other class as "AppletClass.FOREGROUNDCOLOR". If they are normal instance variables, you will need to tell the other class's instance where the applet instance is located. Here's a dummy example of the latter:

import java.applet.Applet;
import java.awt.*;

class Test extends Applet {
  Color fore,back;
  Inner in;
  public void init() {
    in=new Inner(this);
  public void paint(Graphics g) {

class Inner {
  Test myowner;
  public Inner(Test owner) {
  public void paint(Graphics g) {
    g.drawString("Greetings from Inner class",10,10);

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