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From Christopher Schultz <>
Subject Re: Outdated Servlet 3.0 Javadocs available on
Date Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:29:28 GMT

On 6/1/2011 8:35 AM, Tim Funk wrote:
> Is the PDF of the spec which is downloadable up to date with respect to
> comments?

The version of the PDF I'm looking at (3.0 Final, 1434610 bytes, dated
10 December 2009) does not include the javadoc at all... it does include
some documentation of certain methods... I have only done a casual
reading at this point.

> I don't think the pdf version of the spec is CDDL ... but it may
> have other conditions on it.

There does not appear to be a specific license mentioned in the PDF,
though it does limit what the reader can do with it. It says that
"excerpting brief portions of the Specification" is acceptable, but I
suspect that copying lots of text like that is a no-no because you can
only do it "provided that such excerpts do not in the aggregate
constitute a significant portion of the Specification". The javadoc is a
lot of stuff. One needs to consider whether the javadoc itself is part
of the specification or not. :(

Downloading both the PDF and the Javadoc ZIP archive require that you
accept the SLA which can be found here
and appears to be the same agreement as included at the top of the PDF
version of the specification.

Mark, I never saw anything about the CDDL while poking around the Oracle
download site. If we use the Oracle-provided Javadoc ZIP archive rather
than generating the Javadocs from the CDDL source, might that be
acceptable? I'm certainly not asking for a legal opinion, here, just
what your general sense is of these things.

It's frustrating that Oracle doesn't just publish the Servlet API
javadocs on it's own web site :(


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