In my opinion you should choose for each case. Generally if I'm using JSP, I use the regular <%-style syntax as it's simpler and more familiar to most people. For one project where I was generating jsp files from XML using XSLT, I needed to use the XML syntax, so I did. Use whichever is most appropriate.
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