JSF pages are translated into servlet at a certain point of the lifecycle or not? Talking about the Render Response Phase, the JavaEE 5 tutorial says: "During this phase, the JavaServer Faces implementation delegates authority for rendering the page to the JSP container if the application is using JSP pages ..... the components will render themselves as the JSP container traverses the tags in the page."JSP pages are translated into servlets; again not related to JSF. You may use JSPs as the view technology for JSF but I would recommend using Facelets in stead.
Does it mean that the response is constructed one tag at a time while the jsp container traverses the whole view without the need to translate the page into a servlet and call the resulting jsp_service method (as for standard jsp pages)?No, that's not what it says at all. Basically all it says is that the JSP renderer will trigger the JSF components to render and not JSF itself.