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jsp:forward absolute context

Jacob Fenwick
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In the jsp syntax reference at is says:

The <jsp:forward> element forwards the request object containing the client request information from one JSP page to another resource. The target resource can be an HTML file, another JSP page, or a servlet, as long as it is in the same application context as the forwarding JSP page. The lines in the source JSP page after the <jsp:forward> element are not processed.

My question is, what is an application context, contrasted against a servlet context? Is there a reference page that explains this difference?
The reason I want to know is I ran into a problem. I tried something like:
I expected this would work, as I thought that the application context and the serlvet context might be the same. But they seem to not be. Can someone explain this to me?
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