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      The JAR file format was extended in JDK 1.3 to support a standard way of
      specifying pluggable "service providers" in a special META-INF file (see
      http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4/docs/guide/jar/jar.html#Service%20Provider for
      details). Many subsystems in the platform now use this feature, including
      sound, security, networking, naming, new I/O, image I/O, printing, input
      methods, and XML. Most (though not all) of these subsystems use the internal
      sun.misc.Service class, which defines a simple mechanism for looking up
      services and instantiating providers.

      We should refine the sun.misc.Service class as needed and then promote it into
      the java.util package. This will make it easier for both internal and external
      developers to make use of the META-INF/services feature, which has become very
      widely used.

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              • Assignee:
                mr Mark Reinhold
                Reporter:
                mr Mark Reinhold
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