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From "Jerome Jacobsen" <>
Subject RE: Non Java Developers, programmers using JSTL and taglibs
Date Tue, 04 Feb 2003 16:47:04 GMT
JSTL or not, I'd say that non-Java programmers can write JSPs only if the
project has some very strict guidelines and very good documentation on those
guidelines and your custom tags.  You would have to design the guidelines to
be very restrictive of what tags you allow in the JSP.  These restrictions
should be designed so that the JSP writer does not need to have a complete
understanding of how JSPs work.  Setting up all of this I think would be a
lot of work.

Instead I'd recommend something like Enhydra/XMLC (
In this framework the page writers write HTML.  Java programmers write code
to insert the dynamic content into a DOM version of the HTML.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lyndon Durham []
> Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 3:55 PM
> To: Tag Libraries Users List
> Subject: Non Java Developers, programmers using JSTL and taglibs
> Greetings,
>                 As a software developer I would like to delegate some of
> the more mundane and simpler development tasks to non developers,
> programmers etc.  The JSTL specification document claims that the jstl
> was created to facilitate or ease development for web designers and non
> java programmers. It is my experience that jstl and other taglibs like
> jakarta standard taglibs are still rather convulted for the likes of
> wyswig web designers and other non java programmers.  What is the point
> of developing applications that make succint use of jstl if as the
> developer I still have to spend myraid hours explaining how to use tags
> to the less initated or persons who are not programmers or developers.
> All comments are appreciated or anyone whose had a better experience
> delgating developing using taglibs.
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