Prevent Applet from being destroyed

I have written an applet that loads a different page into the browser frame. I then want the user to be able to return to the page with the applet by hitting the back key or clicking a hyperlink, and the applet must be in the same state as when the page was last visited.

However, I have found that the applet is being destroyed when the new page is loaded, and a new instance of the applet is created when the original page is revisited! This is the behaviour on IE4, and is at odds with what I believe to be the correct theoretical behaviour i.e. that the
stop() method is called when the page is left, and
destroy() is not called until the browser is shut down.

How can I prevent the applet from being destroyed when a new page is loaded?

Here is some code to illustrate this. If this applet is embedded in a HTML page, run in IE4 with the java console displayed, "applet destroyed!" will be displayed in the cosole window as soon as the page is left.

import java.applet.*;
import java.awt.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.net.*;

public class test extends Applet
{
      Applet a;

      public test()
      {
            System.out.println("new applet constructed");
      }

      public void init()
      {
            System.out.println("init");
      }

      public void destroy()
      {
            System.out.println("applet destroyed!");
      }

      public void start()
      {
            System.out.println("start");
      }
      
      public void stop()
      {
            System.out.println("stop");
      }
}
jduminyAsked:
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datadesignCommented:
what about creating a Framed HTML, and just open the new HTML in a Frame
(u can use the showDocument method, and open the link in a frame !!!)

then your applet would be present all the time, and must not be reloaded




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gwaltersCommented:
The best way to do what you want is to show the new page in a new window [using showDocument(URL,String)] instead of the one containing the applet.  

There's no way to be sure that when you get back (either through browser history or by hyperlink) that you'll have the same applet.

Posted as a comment since it doesn't really answer your question,  but hopefully will fix your problem.
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jduminyAuthor Commented:
Thanks, but I really need to ensure that my original applet instance survives, if at all possible...
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gwaltersCommented:
What I'm trying to tell you is that this is the only way to ensure that:  open in a new window instead of in the window running the applet.
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slokCommented:
I agree with gwalters.
Take a look at Lycos chat, Java version.
They have it as an applet on another window as well.
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