Java applet disappear on screen?

I have a Java applet that takes <params> from an HTML document (which represent announcements with date, title, short description) and print them in a window that simple scrolls through them every ten seconds.  My problem is that if you go to another window that covers the applet, when you switch back, it's blank until it rotates to the next announcement.  And sometimes, it doesn't display anything (for seemingly no reason) and I have to shut down Communicator and restart it to see the applet in working mode.  I have a feeling it's based on my paint() function... I'm drawing the text, then drawing over it in the background color before drawing the new text.

Following is the code -- any ideas on how I could fix this?  Thanks...

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

public class stuff4 extends Applet
   {
      String Message[],DateTime[],Details[];
      int totalimages;
      boolean DrawOrg;
      Font drawit=new Font("TimesRoman", Font.ITALIC, 20);
      Font smallit=new Font("TimesRoman", Font.BOLD, 15);
      Font smallerit=new Font("TimesRoman", Font.PLAIN, 13);

      public void init()
      {
         setBackground (Color.white);
         processHTMLParms();
      }

      public void processHTMLParms()
      {
         String parm1;
         parm1=getParameter("totalimages");
         totalimages=(parm1==null?50: Integer.parseInt(parm1));
         Message = new String[totalimages];
         DateTime = new String[totalimages];
         Details = new String[totalimages];
         for (int i=0; i<totalimages; i++)
         {
            Message[i]=getParameter("m"+i);
            DateTime[i]=getParameter("dt"+i);
            Details[i]=getParameter("de"+i);
         }
      }

      public void paint (Graphics g)
      {
         for (int i=0; i<totalimages; i++)
         {
            g.setColor(Color.black);
            g.setFont(drawit);
            g.drawString(DateTime[i],1,20);
            g.setColor(new Color(50,75,75));
            g.setFont(smallit);
            g.drawString(Message[i],1,35);
            g.setColor(new Color(75,100,100));
            g.setFont(smallerit);
            g.drawString(Details[i],1,50);
            try
               {
                  Thread.sleep(10000);
               }
            catch (InterruptedException e)
               {
                  showStatus(e.toString());
               }
            g.setColor(Color.white);
            g.setFont(drawit);
            g.drawString(DateTime[i],1,20);
            g.setFont(smallit);
            g.drawString(Message[i],1,35);
            g.setFont(smallerit);
            g.drawString(Details[i],1,50);

         if (i==(totalimages-1)) {i=-1;};
         }
      }
   }
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lazeAuthor Commented:
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majklCommented:
If you take a look in documentation there is method start()
which can you override. It is called every time you visit page containing applet and it is also called when user for example press back button .
Try to put code thah draws in this start() method and read more about in :
http://java.sun.com/nav/read/Tutorial/index.html
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lazeAuthor Commented:
How would I move the paint code to the start code?  I tried just replacing the paint (Graphics g) with start (Graphics g)... not quite sure (in case you couldn't tell, I'm starting with doing Java and have a little trouble with the GUI methods)...

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lazeAuthor Commented:
Haven't heard back from you -- and putting it in the start() method didn't work... here's a slightly altered version of the code:

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

public class stuff6 extends Applet
   {
      String Message[],DateTime[],Details[];
      int totalimages;
      int i;
      boolean DrawOrg;
      Font drawit=new Font("TimesRoman", Font.ITALIC, 20);
      Font smallit=new Font("TimesRoman", Font.BOLD, 15);
      Font smallerit=new Font("TimesRoman", Font.PLAIN, 13);

      public void init()
      {
         setBackground (Color.white);
         processHTMLParms();
         i=-1;
      }

      public void processHTMLParms()
      {
         String parm1;
         parm1=getParameter("totalimages");
         totalimages=(parm1==null?50: Integer.parseInt(parm1));
         Message = new String[totalimages];
         DateTime = new String[totalimages];
         Details = new String[totalimages];
         for (int i=0; i<totalimages; i++)
         {
            Message[i]=getParameter("m"+i);
            DateTime[i]=getParameter("dt"+i);
            Details[i]=getParameter("de"+i);
         }
      }

      public void paint (Graphics g)
      {
            i++;
            g.setColor(Color.black);
            g.setFont(drawit);
            g.drawString(DateTime[i],1,20);
            g.setColor(new Color(50,75,75));
            g.setFont(smallit);
            g.drawString(Message[i],1,35);
            g.setColor(new Color(75,100,100));
            g.setFont(smallerit);
            g.drawString(Details[i],1,50);
            try
               {
                  Thread.sleep(5000);
               }
            catch (InterruptedException e)
               {
                  showStatus(e.toString());
               }
         if (i==(totalimages-1)) {i=-1;};
         repaint();
      }
   }


This works a little better, but when the user scrolls down or comes back to the page or switches from antoher window, it takes times for the thread.sleep to finish before it redraws the next section...

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