This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
No. JSP custom tags must follow strict XML rules. That means no "shortcuts". In fact, in xhtml your td tag would need to be written as <td nowrap="true">. I code this way for completeness even when coding the page as HTML4. bear