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From Shawn Bayern <>
Subject RE: Root Element Error
Date Wed, 07 Aug 2002 14:49:56 GMT
On Wed, 7 Aug 2002, Ben Ramsey wrote:

> In ASP I can check the length of a form parameter or a querystring
> parameter to check whether or not it contains any data.  If the
> parameter doesn't exist, or if it does exist but doesn't contain any
> data, then it just returns a length of zero, thus I can tell whether
> anything has been passed through.
> It looks to me that, in JSP, if the parameter does exist but doesn't
> contain any data, then it's simply empty but not null.  However, if it
> doesn't exist, then it's null.
> How can I check for this in JSP?  Using JSTL?

The easiest way to lump 'empty' and 'null' together is with the JSTL EL's
'empty' keyword, as in


Shawn Bayern
"JSTL in Action"

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