Hey Lorand. Thanks for the link. I have since learned from reading the section "value is an Object!" and that "the value attribute is set automatically, since name attribute usually tells the framework which property to call to set the value."
So all I really needed to do was set the name attribute to the name of my property in the corresponding java file and the value would be set automagically. Bah! Took long to figure out something soooo simple and I barely needed to do anything. *sigh* =)