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Servlet API 2.4 changed that. Welcome files can be servlets now
Oops, my miss, thanks for pointing that out.
The Web server must append each welcome file in the order specified in the deployment descriptor to the partial request and check whether a static resource or servlet in theWAR is mapped to that request URI.