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Why awt is called Abstract

 
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Why awt is called Abstract?
 
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Hi,

Welcome to JavaRanch!

Because it was supposed to cover up or "abstract away" the differences between the GUI toolkits on various platforms; i.e., it is a layer between the programmer and the Windows API, or the Motif API, or (at the time) the Mac Toolbox.
 
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