excerpted from Java Style, published in 1997
updated and posted in June 2001

Since writing Java Style in early 1997, together with Adji Damais, I've come across further evidence related to the genesis of the 'Raffles Chair', the ubiquitous neoclassical chair that was said to have been popularized by Sir Stamford Raffles, during the brief period of English rule on Java. On the following pages, please find a brief excerpt from the text of the book, updated to take the new evidence into account.