O.K. I have this Applet task. I am fairly new to using Applets and need a bit of a kickstart.

I have to create an applet that will display a message in large font and a black color, then slowly fade the color away. The program needs a delay loop to slow down the action.

I have started out with this but are stuck for the main body:

import java.awt.*;
import java.applet*;

public class Fade extends Applet
{
Font header= new Font("SanSerif",Font.BOLD,36);
String text;
String temp;
int delayLimit;
};

Is delayLimit needed. Any help with how to do this would be great, am finding this a bit confusing. Thanks everyone in advance.
Steve