JSF 1.2 lets you leverage Java annotations, and is the newest release for Sun's standard web GUI spec. Martin Ahrer goes onto write about his JSF 1.2 migration :
[With JSF 1.2] now I can start with some of the new JSF features and especially the JSP features like unified EL. Finally I can utilize deferred EL expressions in JSP and thus tag file can implement simple JSF components as well without requiring all the heavy lifting for creating some ‘real’ JSF component.
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