Re: RequestDispatcher and relative locations
I routinely write web apps where servlets forward to JSPs, and relative references always work fine.
I think it may have something to do with the fact that my css [sic] and
images directory was under WEB-INF.
Now that you tell us this rather important bit of news things are much more
Tomcat doesn't allow urls [sic] that request resources inside this directory so my guess is that the
relavie references were failing because of this but it's just a
No wonder your "<%= getContextPath() %>" scriptlet didn't help.
guess. I changed my code so that index.jsp is the default page and I
noticed that this file was not able to load references to css when it
was inside WEB-INF so I move both css/ and images/ out of WEB-INF and
into web and it worked.
The reason you could get your page from WEB-INF/ is that access is through a
servlet forward. The reason that you couldn't get your CSS from WEB-INF/ was
that access was through a URL.
My guess is that if I go back to using my servlet as the default resource it will work now if I forward the
request to index.jsp or some other .jsp file. I'm not sure I want to
go back tho'.
There are a lot of good reasons to use a servlet to mediate view and logic
dispatch. Check out "Model-View-Controller" (MVC) and "Front Controller pattern".
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