Tomcat 5.5 JSP EL evaluation: what?

Owen Jacobson <>
Wed, 03 May 2006 04:06:31 GMT
I'm working my way through the Sun J2EE tutorial, but I'm stuck on the
first web app.

I'm running the sample web app "hello1" on a stock tomcat 5.5
installation. The app theoretically demonstrates some simple JSTL
features and EL evaluation; instead, it demonstrates nothing at all.

My hello1.war contains:
/WEB-INF/c.tld # from commons-taglib
/WEB-INF/fn.tld # ditto
/WEB-INF/lib/jstl.jar # the same
/WEB-INF/lib/standard.jar # likewise

<%@ taglib uri="" prefix="c" %>
<%@ taglib uri="" prefix="fn" %>
<title>Short, Simple Complete Compilable Code</title>

and web.xml:

(This originally had a number of fields from the example web.xml; it
didn't work with those in place, either.)

From the tutorial and the JSTL docs, requesting
http://..../hello1/?username=Pennywise should print "Pennywise" on the
page. Instead, it's printing the expression itself: ${param.username}


And where is this documented? I tried the tomcat docs, the JSP
documentation, and google, with very little luck.


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