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In computing, an applet is any small application that performs one specific task, sometimes running within the context of a larger program, perhaps as a plug-in.[1][2] However, the term typically also refers to Java applets, i.e., programs written in the Java programming language that are included in a web page.[3] The word Applet was first used in 1993 by the application AppleScript.[citation needed]



Applet as standalone application

Some applets are able to function as any other normal software application (provided they are hosted by an operating system), but are small in size and perform only a small set of tasks. Examples of applications often classified as applets are all of the accessories bundled in Microsoft Windows (such as Windows Notepad or Microsoft Paint). Applets are not full-featured application programs.[2]

Applet as extension of other software

In some cases, an applet does not run independently. Such applets must run in a container, which is provided by a host program, through a plugin, or a variety of other applications including mobile devices that support the applet programming model.[clarification needed]

Examples of Web-based Applets include:

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