JSF is not a jealous platform. If you have something that needs doing that doesn't benefit from JSF, don't ram it through JSF. A classic example of that is when people want to produce PDF or spreadsheet documents. I'm constantly cautioning people that a plain old servlet is better for that part of the webapp than hijacking the internals of JSF. Sometimes they even listen to me. :cool:
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Thank you for your answer.
Of course this is still connected to JSF. But using an extra servlet I do not see the possibility to create validation messages for example as the FacesContext is missing.
However, the primary architectural constraint is that not only JSF, but HTTP itself requires a form. While you could issue a straight HTTP GET request via AJAX without a form, that doesn't give the benefits that a full JSF form postback would.