Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?

Subject: Bye-bye Java: impact on technical communications?
From: Paul Goble <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:31:35 -0600

Millions of users are uninstalling Java this morning.

How are you all being affected by this? Obviously, if you're documenting a
Java app, the whole product is in trouble. But how many help systems depend
on Java, even when the application itself is doesn't require Java? Which
of our development tools require Java?

(If you haven't heard, there's yet another security vulnerability in Java.
This time, US-CERT recommends immediately disabling Java--see Of course, if you have anything
older than Java 7 Update 10, this means uninstalling Java or doing
extensive registry editing. Alerts have been issued through the US
Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Awareness System, national
news shows this morning are trumpeting that everyone should uninstall Java
immediately, and I've heard reports that a major antivirus package has
already started flagging Java as a trojan. That said, let's try to keep
our discussion focused on the communication aspects of this incident. There
are better forums than TECHWR-L to discuss the security issues and business

Paul Goble
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