JSTL XML <x:out> Tag


The <x:out> tag displays the result of an XPath expression, It functions similarly to the <%= %> JSP syntax.


The <x:out> tag has following attributes:

AttributeDescription RequiredDefault
selectXPath expression to evaluate as a string, often using XPath variablesYesNone
escapeXmlTrue if the tag should escape special XML charactersNotrue


Let us take an example which will cover tags (a) <x:out> (b)<x:parse>.

<%@ taglib prefix="c" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" %>
<%@ taglib prefix="x" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/xml" %>

  <title>JSTL x:out Tags</title>
<h3>Books Info:</h3>

<c:set var="xmltext">
      <name>Padam History</name>
      <name>Great Mistry</name>

<x:parse xml="${xmltext}" var="output"/>
<b>The title of the first book is</b>: 
<x:out select="$output/books/book[1]/name" />
<b>The price of the second book</b>: 
<x:out select="$output/books/book[2]/price" />

This would produce following result:

Books Info:

The title of the first book is: Padam History
The price of the second book: 2000