When a session is created with an acknowledgement mode of Session.CLIENT_ACKNOWLEDGE, messages are acknowledged by calling the acknowledge() method on the Message object.
However this method is potentially misleading because calling it causes all messages delivered to the Session to be acknowledged,. It doesn't just acknowledge the Message on which the acknowledge method is called. JMS 1.1 recognised this issue and clarified the spec and javadocs to make this clear.
However the fact that the acknowledge method is on the Message is still potentially confusing. Although we can never remove this method because of the need to maintain compatibility, adding an acknowledge method to the Session would allow application code to reflect the true behaviour.
It is therefore proposed that a new method acknowledge() be added to the Session interface which causes all messages delivered to the Session to be acknowledged (i.e. identical behaviour to the existing method).