Repeatable non-inheritable annotation types

Alex Buckley alex.buckley at
Fri Jun 28 15:33:19 PDT 2013

Deven You raised the following point at [1]. Assume the declarations:

   @Foo(1) @Foo(2) class A {}
                   class B extends A {}

where Foo is _not_ inheritable. Foo is repeatable with FooContainer as 
its containing annotation type, and FooContainer _is_ inheritable.

B.class.getAnnotationsByType(FooContainer.class) will of course expose 
the inherited @FooContainer annotation. But, 
B.class.getAnnotationsByType(Foo.class) should not expose @Foo(1) 
@Foo(2), as Foo is not inheritable.

The definitions of "present" and "associated" annotations in the spec 
are correct, but this particular scenario - with a _non_-inheritable Foo 
- was not covered in the examples in section 1.2.

I have extended example 1.2-1 to cover it, and updated the spec PDF at:



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