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Chapter 28. Java Reporting Components > Using the Crystal Tag Libraries

Using the Crystal Tag Libraries

Now that you understand how the report viewer works, it's beneficial to understand some of the ways that it can be used in a more productive manner. Java tag libraries are a great way to accomplish this. A tag library (taglib) is an HTML-like tag that can be embedded inside a JSP page; it has some compiled code logic behind it that knows how to render itself to HTML. The beauty of a tag library is that you don't need to clog up your JSP page with a bunch of code; you simply need to insert the tag. When Business Objects created the HTML report viewer, they were wise enough to create some Java tag libraries alongside it. This is not to say you could not create your own tag libraries to suit your own needs, but the ones provided with the product will probably meet most requirements.

Refer to the Application Server Configuration section in this chapter for steps to configure the Crystal tag libraries. After you've finished the setup, you can start adding the tags to your page. The first step in using the tag is to add the taglib directive to the top of your JSP page. This directive looks like this:


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