You have seen in Chapter 7, “Writing Custom Tags” that custom tags enable you to write script-free JSP pages, thus promoting separation of labor, which means the page designer and the Java coder can work simultaneously. However, you have also learned that writing custom tags is a tedious chore, involving authoring and compiling tag handlers and defining the tags in the tag library descriptor.
Starting from JSP 2.0, you can use tag files, which are custom actions without tag handlers and tag library descriptors. With tag files no compilation is necessary and no tag library descriptor is required.
This chapter discusses tag files in detail. It starts with an introduction to tag files and then covers several aspects ...