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From Adam Hardy <>
Subject Re: Can EL take variables?
Date Thu, 11 Sep 2003 10:04:21 GMT
What about ${requestScope[formName].map.whatever}

If not, post the tag you actually trying to use it with.


On 09/11/2003 04:30 AM Billy Bacon wrote:
>>From the original Struts Tags I had the following in the parent JSP which
> has 2 <%@ include%> statements...
> <bean:define id="formName" value="kmoCreateComplexForm"/>
> Now within my included pages I was able to reference that variable by
> <%=formName%> and that worked just fine. Now I'm converting to JSTL and even
> if I do a <c:set var="formName" value="kmoCreateComplexForm"/> it doesn't
> allow the embedded pages to use the value.
> I tried the requestScope[formName] idea that David suggested and that has
> gotten me a little farther but I'm still getting an exception 'Cannot find
> bean name' and it spits out the DynaActionForm with everything. It seems to
> be finding the variable but I'm not sure what it's complaining about b/c JSP
> errors are brutal sometimes to figure out. It doesn't give me a line number
> or anything else to use for debugging...
> On 9/10/03 11:08 AM, "Serge Knystautas" <> wrote:
>> wrote:
>>>Sure, I can expand on this. 'formName' is a variable in
>>>the request which points to an object (in this case a
>>>DynaActionForm object from Struts). So even though it
>>>seems that the <c:set> tag is unnecessary I'm slightly
>>>confused on how to expose it to the EL without it
>>>treating it as a literal String such as "formName".
>>>What I really need is the 'formName' variable to
>>>translate to 'kmoCreateSimpleForm' so that when I use
>>>it in the EL it will execute as
>>Yeah, but where in the request is it?  Put it this way, how would you
>>get to it in a scriptlet?
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