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9.4 Abstract Window Toolkit

The java.awt package is an Abstract Windowing Toolkit that provides a layer enabling you to port Java applications easily from one window system to another. This library contains classes for basic interface components such as events, colors, fonts, and controls such as buttons and scrollbars.

The following picture is a graphical depiction of the class hierarchy in the Abstract Window Toolkit.

Familar interface elements such as windows and panels are subclasses of Component. Layout classes provide varying degrees of control over the layout of interface elements.

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