PlotFunction may be embedded within your own web page with the following HTML tags:

<applet code="PlotFunction.class" width=600 height=400>
<PARAM NAME="function" VALUE="sin(pi*x)/x" >
<PARAM NAME="numPts" VALUE=500>
<PARAM NAME="showControls" VALUE=true>
<PARAM NAME="helpFile" VALUE="PlotFunctionHelp.html" >

The function is parsed and evaluated at numPts equally distribited on the interval [minX,maxX]. The ShowControls parameter is designed to reduce the screen size of the Applet. This parameter allows the HTML programmer to hide the buttons displayed at the bottom of the applet. JavaScript can be used to add addtional functions to the applet or to enable drawing.

PlotFunction may be scripted using the following Java method calls:

Use the codebase tag if the PlotFunction.class file is in a different directory than the HTML page that uses this applet. (See source for this page.) All Java packages used by the applet, such as the graph package which contains the parser class, must be in subdirectories below the PlotFunction.class file. may be downloaded for noncommercial use by students and faculty at accredited not-for-profit educational institutions. The zip file being distribted is uncompresssed. It can be used with the new Netscape Archive tag. (See source code for this page.) The archive tag allows Netscape to download all the necessary files with a single HTTP request to the server. It is much faster than the standard download method which requires a HTTP request for each file. You should, however, keep copies of the uncompressed class files in the class directory so that browers that do not support the archive tag will be able to run the applet.

PlotFunction was written using Java 1.01. It will be rewritten as a Java "Bean"using the newer (and better) Java event model avaliable in Java 1.1.