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From "Nathan Bubna" <>
Subject Re: Velocity View Servlet - how to serve page w/o HTTP header
Date Thu, 04 Dec 2008 22:44:57 GMT
I agree with Claude, HTTP headers are necessary since you are using
the HTTP protocol.  You just need to set the proper Content-type and
Content-disposition.  And i also wonder what you mean by HTTP headers,
since you refer to HTTP footers as well.  I don't think there's any
such thing as HTTP footers.  Do you mean HTML headers and footers?
Are you using the VelocityLayoutServlet perchance?

On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 2:05 PM, Bailey, David <> wrote:
> I have developed a servlet which is really nothing more than the
> Velocity View Servlet using a toolbox of tools I wrote and plugged in
> using the toolbox.xml file.  This has served me quite well, until now.
> My servlet is basically an order entry system, and one component of the
> system is a report generator.  In my initial implementation, the reports
> are generated in HTML.  However, I have received a new feature request
> that the reports be generated for the user in CSV format as well.
> I have attempted to satisfy this enhancement request by setting the
> <servlet-mapping> element in web.xml to send both *.vm and *.xls files
> through Velocity, and then wrote a new VTL template with a .xls
> extension.  But it seems that the Velocity View Servlet always wants to
> include HTTP headers in the files it parses and serves, and this is
> cumbersome from an end-user perspective  (the existence of HTTP headers
> makes it cumbersome for the user to save the content as a true CSV
> file).
> I've browsed the archives and discovered that I can set the content-type
> of a served file using, but I don't see any way to
> suppress the HTTP header altogether.  Is my only choice here to subclass
> VelocityViewServlet so I can strip out the HTTP headers (and footer)
> before the page is served, or is there some other solution, possibly via
> Thanks,
> --dave
> P.S.  Sorry if this gets posted twice --- it didn't seem to post the
> first time.
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