The <applet> tag is only used to instantiate the Java plugin. Running the Java plugin requires NPAPI support, but NPAPI support in Blink has already been removed. Most <applet> support has been removed, though the special parsing rules have been retained for backwards compatibility.



Specification link

Specification being incubated in a Community Group

Status in Chromium


Removed (tracking bug)

Consensus & Standardization

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Removing support for <applet> will actually improve the state of <applet> in Blink. Currently, we display a placeholder that "This plugin is not supported" instead of displaying the fallback content: since Blink doesn't support NPAPI/Java, we should really be displaying the fallback content instead of something unactionable.

Last updated on 2020-11-09