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From "Craig Berry" <Craig.Be...@portblue.com>
Subject html:options list source question
Date Mon, 14 Jul 2003 03:39:02 GMT
After much googling and head-scratching, I finally have an html:options tag working on a jsp.
 The problem is that I don't know why one component of the solution is needed, and I was hoping
someone can explain it to me.
 
My ActionForm subclass, EditDeForm, has a pair of methods to provide the option list as part
of the form bean:

		public Collection getNumFmtOptions() {
		  ArrayList list = new ArrayList();
		  list.add(new LabelValueBean("None", "0"));
		  list.add(new LabelValueBean("Comma separated", "1"));
		  list.add(new LabelValueBean("Currency", "2"));
		  return list;
		}
		 
		public void setNumFmtOptions(Collection options) {
		  // No op, here to satisfy bean-ness.
		}

The jsp page contains an html:form section linked via action mapping to the EditDeForm type.
 In it, there is a select/options section that looks like this:

		<html:select property="numFmt">
		  <html:options collection="numFmtOptions" 
		        property="value"
		        labelProperty="label"/>
		</html:select> 

I had thought that this would be enough to make it work.  The html:options is in the context
of an html:form that knows about the current form bean, and the form bean has a property numFmtOptions
that contains what is needed to populate the options list.  But when I tried just this, I
got a "cannot find bean" error on numFmtOptions.
 
The googling mentioned above finally revealed that I had to add this at the top of my jsp:

		<bean:define id="numFmtOptions"
		        name="editDeForm" 
		        property="numFmtOptions"
		        type="java.util.Collection"/>

My question is:  Why?  What is this additional definition for?  What information does it supply
that isn't already available to html:options inside the html:form context?
 
I'm happy that I have my code working, but I'd be even happier if I knew why it's working.
:)
 
-- 
Craig Berry
Principal Architect
PortBlue Corp.
 
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