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one comment at that point: All I heard in the forms beta 11 is, that JInitiator is last used in Forms 10g.
In 11 you can only use the sun plugin
Forms 10gR1 has already been desupported, so you're a bit on your own here. Oracle doesn't certify with new browsers, operating systems, and JVMs once a version has been desupported. But not having an official certification in the Client SoD does not mean it won't work. It's just a statement that Oracle hasn't tested it.
If you stick to officially supported combinations from the client SoD you're stuck to using IE6 and Sun JVM 1.4.2. To me that's not a desirable option. IE6 is getting old, real old and many other vendors and products are dropping support for IE6. Sun has also EOL'ed JVM 1.4.2.
My advice would be to go for recent version of all products and see if your application works. So use IE7 or Firefox and try to use Sun JVM 1.6. Be sure to use the latest version of a Sun JVM (currently 1.6.0_7). If you run into problems with JVM 1.6, you could also go for the 1.5 line currently at 1.5.0_16. But be warned that JVM 1.5.0 as also been EOL'ed by Sun.
I wouldn't go for JInitiator nowadays. Oracle's plans are towards Sun JVM. Forms 11 will completely drop the support for JInitiator and even current versions of Forms only support Sun JVM on Vista.
My advice would just be to have one workstation (or virtual machine) sitting around with an officially supported configuration (back when 10gR1 was still supported). In that case, when you do hit problems you can see if they reproduce in a (formerly) supported configuration. That will make discussing the issue with Oracle Support a lot easier. Even if 10gR1 is desupported, they will still answer your questions. They just won't fix any newly discovered bugs. If you talk to support about an issue an explain you're using IE7 + Sun JVM 1.6 with 10gR1 they might have the temptation to blame your configuration and won't help you. If you can explain you can reproduce the same problem in a (formerly) supported config you have a much better story.
So, keep a single workstation or virtual machine with IE6, Sun JVM 1.4.2_18 laying around.
Better upgrade to 10g R2 with sun java plugin
@Alex: easier said than done ;)
@Gerd and Wilfred: thanks very much! This is exactly the sort of information I needed. Your replies give me exactly the ammunition I need to go back with.
Thanks, I do appreciate it!
Anybody have an issue if I write a blog entry pointing to this post?
We've discussed this on the forums and various user groups before. The future direction will be the sun plug in and there are no plans to rev Jinit past 1.3.