In the previous chapter, you learned how to work with XML data, but we did not focus on where this data comes from. Much data is available on the Internet, in the form of XML and HTML.
The tags that we discuss in this chapter allow you to access information that is available on the Internet. Usually, this data is in XML, but it does not have to be. The JSTL tag library can easily access any form of text data stored on the Internet.
Accessing resources on the Internet requires the use of a URL. JSTL provides tags that let you easily format URLs for a variety of purposes. You can format URLs that include parameters for accessing external resources outside your Web page.
In addition to accessing external ...