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An applet is a small program that runs within an application. Applets are commonly used to make otherwise static Web pages more interactive. Examples include animated graphics, games, configurable bar charts and scrolling messages. Applets also play an important role in network computers (NCs). They increase an NC’s independence from the server because they do not have to communicate with the operating system (resident on the server) to function once the applet has been received by the NC.