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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2005

    How do include a javascript file into JSP?

    I am using the following code to include some java script (- no error messages are being displayed, but it is not working):

    <jsp:include page = "validation.js" flush = "true" />

    I also placed this in the header tags:
    <script language="JavaScript" type="text/JavaScript">

    As well as in the form tag I placed the usual code:

    <form name="claimform1" onSubmit="return Claim(this)" id="claimform1" method="post" action="Claim_Form_2.jsp">

    The java script code is saved in a file called "validation.js" Can anyone suggest what else I can do for JSP to recognise the javascript code?

    Last edited by Maria Modeste; 10-16-2005 at 07:50 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    SW MO, USA
    Another way to "include" javascript in your html with the src= attribute in the <SCRIPT tag:

    instead of including the actual javascript in the html you create, you can refer to it with the above.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006

    Include .js file in a JSP page

    I am also having an issue including a .js file on the JSP page. Need a few examples of how to code the page that includes the dynamic drop down list.

    Thank you.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    I am having the same problem including jQuery in my JSP:
    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <jsp:root version="2.0"
        <jsp:directive.page contentType="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
        <jsp:output doctype-root-element="html"
                         doctype-public="-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
                         doctype-system="http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml-strict.dtd" />
            <script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-1.4.4.min.js"></script>
    I have a local copy of the jQuery file sitting in the root context and I'm using Tomcat 6.
    The text "Blank" does not appear and if I test any jQuery functionality, it doesn't work. This was tested in IE8 and Chrome with the same effect.
    If I rewrite this in pure HTML, then the "Blank" text does appear:
    HTML Code:
    <!DOCTYPE HTML "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
            <script type="text/javascript" src="jquery-1.4.4.min.js"></script>
    Why is the script failing in JSP, but not in HTML?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    At a glance I'd say the problem is that you've specified the <jsp:output> element (which outputs the <html> element into the generated HTML) as an empty element. Thus your <head> and <body> elements are outside the generated <html> element, and since you've specified a valid DOCTYPE, the browser is in Standards mode and considers this a malformed document.

    Remove the trailing slash in the <jsp:output> tag, and add a closing </jsp:output> tag after your closing </body> tag. That should give a valid HTML document for your browser to parse.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    I'm afraid <jsp:output> is not allowed to have a body, so it must always be written <jsp:output />

    The only workaround that I've found that works is a full inclusion of the js file in the body of the page, like so:
    HTML Code:
    <script type="text/javascript">
        <jsp:include page="jquery-1.4.4.min.js" />
    Unfortunately, this puts the whole javascript source on the page, allowing everyone to see it. It's not really optimal, especially for such large and ugly-to-read files like this minimized jQuery one. Worse would be for any javascript that might expose unecessary information about how the model/controller work.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Sorry about that. I was assuming that the <jsp:output> tag caused the JSP processor to output an <html> element. It doesn't, and I still think that's the root cause of your problem--the JSP-generated HTML output is not valid for the DOCTYPE you've specified, because your JSP code does not output an <html> element. Try adding in the <html> element and see if that fixes your problem.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    However, the <jsp:root> element does generate an <html> element and it correctly envelops the <head> and <body> tags.
    Nevertheless, JSPX does not require <jsp:root> as the root element, so I tried it out replacing it with <html>, but unfortunately the same HTML was generated as before.
    No luck I'm afraid.

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