JSP 3.3.2 (specifically Table JSP.3-1 EL Evaluation Settings for JSP Pages) States that if that directive is set to true, it doesn't matter what's in the deployment descriptor, so I would say you are right.
Whenever you're in doubt, check the specs (the link is in my signature).
Joined: Jun 15, 2002
I never had the habit of looking at specifications.. but anyway better late than never.
So, i am correct
maybe i'll call up kathy and talk to her about this.. juss kiddin..