You really should read the Javadoc before you ask questions -- it's accepted practice to do due diligence before asking for help. According to the javadoc for this, jsp:forward only uses RELATIVE URL's (see here). The documentation page for the jsp:forward tag specifically says:
The relative URL looks like a path-it cannot contain a protocol name, port number, or domain name. The URL can be absolute or relative to the current JSP file. If it is absolute (beginning with a /), the path is resolved by your Web or application server.
Kyle [ June 08, 2004: Message edited by: Kyle Brown ]