If you are talking about using frames, with index.jsp being a frameset, and frame1.jsp being a frame in that frameset, then request attributes will not help you. There is a seperate request made for each frame of a frameset.
index.jsp will run, and return a frameset to the browser. Then the browser then issues one request for each frame in the frameset. You cannot guaruntee any order in the processing of those frames. So frame1.jsp will run after index.jsp has finished.
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