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1.3 Notation

Throughout this specification we refer to classes and interfaces drawn from the Java SE platform API. Whenever we refer to a class or interface (other than those declared in an example) using a single identifier N, the intended reference is to the class or interface named N in the package java.lang. We use the canonical name (§6.7) for classes or interfaces from packages other than java.lang.

Non-normative information, designed to clarify the specification, is given in smaller, indented text.

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The type system of the Java programming language occasionally relies on the notion of a substitution. The notation [F1:=T1,...,Fn:=Tn] denotes substitution of Fi by Ti for 1 ≤ in.

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