Attributes of request scope are stored in ServletRequest objects, while attributes of page scope are stored in PageContext objects. The implicit object "page" is not the same as the "pageContext" object. In the JSP 1.2 specs:
whilst the implicit object page is
The instance of this page’s implementation class processing the current request.
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Thanks, that is a important concept. It makes sense now. -yu chen