String is set but then instantly becomes null again, why?

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12 Mar 2007 09:31:08 -0700
public void hyperlinkUpdate(HyperlinkEvent evt) {

                        String origStatusBarMsg = null;

                        System.out.println("your action = " +

                        if (evt.getEventType() ==
HyperlinkEvent.EventType.ENTERED) {
                            System.out.println("getText() = " +
                            origStatusBarMsg =

                        if (evt.getEventType() ==
HyperlinkEvent.EventType.EXITED /* &&
                                origStatusBarMsg != null && !
origStatusBarMsg.equals("") */) {
                            System.out.println("origStatusBarMsg = " +


When I hover my mouse over a hyperlink I will see the following:

your action = ENTERED
getText() = Done
origStatusBarMsg is now = Done
your action = EXITED
origStatusBarMsg = null
your action = ENTERED
getText() = null
origStatusBarMsg is now = null
your action = EXITED
origStatusBarMsg = null

Frankly, I just plain don't get it. Why is origStatusBarMsg a value
and then suddenly *NOT* a value?


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