The Unstandard Tag Library is a JSP tag library that was developed as part of the Jakarta Project. Its purpose is to provide a collection of useful tags that people have been requesting for JSTL. The library serves as a place to keep all of these tags until they are officially added to the Standard Tag Library. This article focuses on the use of one of the tags contained within the library, the useConstants tag.
While working on a project for a client, I realized that they were using a Java class with constants to define strings used within the application. The idea was to use the constants everywhere in the application where the strings were needed so they could easily be maintained in one location without having to search through the whole application when making a change. This makes…