I have a jsp associated with an ActionForm. I want a parameter passed in the url become an hidden field of the actionForm.

Ted Husted

Struts uses the ActionForm to encapsulate whatever dynamic properties your presentation page needs. The best practice would be to make para an ActionForm property and to link to an ActionMapping rather than directly to a JSP. If you were to do that, then the ActionServlet would capture the parameter and make it a property of the ActionForm (assuming there is a para property on your ActionForm). You can then use the Struts HTML tags to render the para value.

So

(1) Create a para propery on an ActionForm.
(2) Associate that ActionForm with an ActionMapping (e.g. /form).
(3) Have the ActionMapping forward to your JSP.
(4) Link to form.do (or /do/form) rather than form.jsp.
(5) Use the standard Struts HTML tags (or Velocity directives) to render the para field.

Alternatively, you could use the bean:parameter tag to convert the parameter into a bean and then use bean:write. But it would be better to put the para property on the ActionForm (where it belongs).

HTH, Ted

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Ted Husted,
Struts in Action

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