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With the entries similar to what you have in web.xml and other stuff also similar to what you are trying - I am able to see the error page(customized one) in Firefox. But still am unable to see the expected result in IE. I am using Tomcat5.0 and servlet2.4. Firefox3.0 IE 7.0