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The reason you do not get any response when you use <html:text is because ><html:text does NOT contain any attribute called format. To display a date in html:text you have to set the correct date string in the request/form and then display it correspondingly.
The display:column issue needs to be checked. Can you check the server logs when the formatting does not work.>