Major version number.
Version number. This changes only when there is a
significant, externally apparent enhancement from
the previous release. 'n' represents the n'th
Clients should carefully consider the implications
of new versions as external interfaces and behaviour
may have changed.
public static int getReleaseVersionNum()
Release number. This changes when:
- a new set of functionality is to be added, eg,
implementation of a new W3C specification.
- API or behaviour change.
- its designated as a reference release.
public static int getMaintenanceVersionNum()
Maintenance Drop Number.
Optional identifier used to designate maintenance
drop applied to a specific release and contains
fixes for defects reported. It maintains compatibility
with the release and contains no API changes.
When missing, it designates the final and complete
development drop for a release.
public static int getDevelopmentVersionNum()
Development Drop Number.
Optional identifier designates development drop of
a specific release. D01 is the first development drop
of a new release.
Development drops are works in progress towards a
compeleted, final release. A specific development drop
may not completely implement all aspects of a new
feature, which may take several development drops to
complete. At the point of the final drop for the
release, the D suffix will be omitted.
Each 'D' drops can contain functional enhancements as
well as defect fixes. 'D' drops may not be as stable as
the final releases.