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rutledgj asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-07
I have this sample code where I'm trying to open a file to read in some data. ALL files are in the same directory as the html file.


<APPLET CODE="AreaCode.class" width=500 height=400>

Java Code:

      A basic extension of the java.applet.Applet class

import java.awt.*;
import java.applet.*;
import java.io.*;
import java.util.*;
import java.awt.event.*;

public class AreaCode extends Applet
      public void init()
            // Take out this line if you don't use symantec.itools.net.RelativeURL or symantec.itools.awt.util.StatusScroller
            // This code is automatically generated by Visual Cafe when you add
            // components to the visual environment. It instantiates and initializes
            // the components. To modify the code, only use code syntax that matches
            // what Visual Cafe can generate, or Visual Cafe may be unable to back
            // parse your Java file into its visual environment.
            setBackground(new Color(12632256));
            label1 = new java.awt.Label("Enter Area Code");
            label1.setFont(new Font("Dialog", Font.PLAIN, 16));
            codeIn = new java.awt.TextField();
            label3 = new java.awt.Label("The following cities have this areacode: ");
            label3.setFont(new Font("Dialog", Font.PLAIN, 16));
            areaOut = new java.awt.TextArea();
            button1 = new java.awt.Button();
            button1.setFont(new Font("Dialog", Font.PLAIN, 14));
            button1.setBackground(new Color(12632256));
            button1.addActionListener(new bListener());
            label2 = new java.awt.Label("Searching...");
            label2.setFont(new Font("Dialog", Font.PLAIN, 14));
            label2.setForeground(new Color(16711680));
            label2.setBackground(new Color(16777215));

public class bListener implements ActionListener

      public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent e)
          StringBuffer sb = new StringBuffer(5000);
          String sg = null;
          DataInputStream input = null;
            String dir = new String("c:\\areacode");
            String file = new String("areacode.txt");
            File file = new File(dir,file);

          input = new DataInputStream(new
          catch(IOException ie)
              areaOut.append("Can't open file areacode.txt");
           sg = new String(input.readUTF());
          catch(IOException ae)

file areacode has numbers and strings in it in the format:
336 = North Carolina(Greensboro, Winston-Salem)

This works in the appletviewer but not in IE. I get the
message in the areaOut box "Can't open file areacode".    
      java.awt.Label label1;
      java.awt.TextField codeIn;
      java.awt.Label label3;
      java.awt.TextArea areaOut;
      java.awt.Button button1;
      java.awt.Label label2;
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Hello Rutlegj,

Okay, your problem is going to be that you are loading with referance to a directory that is not inside the security of IE.

    DataInputStream input = null;
//          String dir = new String("c:\\areacode");
//This is a referance to the directory above the applet.
//Not allowed, file should read:
            String dir = new String(".\");
            String file = new String("areacode.txt");
            File file = new File(dir,file);

In addition, by default the security must be set down in IE and Netscape. It is very involving with both of these. I can get a .reg file for IE that sets it to allow local files and socket connections, but you are much better off running from a web server.

Netscape is just as messy, but I don't have a file for that. Though the proper documentation should be aviable from Netscape to change this. (Again, nothing you can do from the GUI.)
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