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Why are tag files used

James Winfrey
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Joined: Jan 04, 2009
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Hi Guys

Why do we use tag files instead of jsp:include and c:import?

Bear Bibeault
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There could be many reasons, but for me it boils down to one word: parameterization.

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David Newton

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They're kind of different things, too: tags are generally intended to encapsulate behavior, can do things to their bodies, etc. Includes are primarily focused on presentation only, don't "do" anything, and so on.
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