JSTL XML x:choose ,x:when and x:otherwise Tags

The <x:choose> tag is XML tag used for checking conditional statements. This is similar to java switch statement. In java program we use the case statement but in JSTL we use <c:when< and <x:otherwise< instead of case statement.

Syntax of <x:choose> Tag

<x:choose> body content </x:choose>

JSTL XML <x:when> Tag

This is the subtag of <x:choose> tag. The <x:when> tag is checks to see whether the expression evaluates to true, if it is true then it executes the body of <x:when> tag. This tag encloses a single case within the <x:choose> tag.

Syntax of <x:when> tag

<x:when attribute> body content </x:when>

Attribute of <x:when> tag

  • select: This tag is used to specifies whether the body of the tag will be executed or no.

JSTL XML <x:otherwise> Tag

This is the subtag of <x:choose> which is used with <x:when> tag. This is similar as <x:when> tag but it is unconditional. This tag includes its body when all of the conditions specified using <x:when> tags evaluated to false.

Syntax of <x:otherwise> tag

<x:otherwise> body content </x:otherwise>

Example of <x:choose&gt ,<x:when>, and <x:otherwise> tag

<%@ taglib prefix="c" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" %>
<%@ taglib prefix="x" uri="http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/xml" %>


  <title>JSTL x:choose Tags</title>


<h3>Fruits Info:</h3>

<c:set var="fruitss">






<x:parse xml="${fruitss}" var="output"/>


 <x:when select="$output//fruit/price = '90'">
      The apple price is rs 90

      Unknown Fruit.



Details of the Code

  • <<c:set var=”fruitss”> tag is used to set the variable name which we want to display in the output.
  • <x:parse xml=”${fruitss}” var=”output”/> tag is used to parse the xml content and the result is been stored in specified variable.
  • <x:choose> tag is used to check the conditional statement.
  • <x:when select=”$output//fruit/name = ‘apple'”> tag is used to execute the particular statement when it is true.
  • <x:otherwise> tag is used to define unconditional statement.

Steps for Execution

Before executing the xml programs we should add jar files in eclipse namely:

  • Save this file as example.jsp in your eclipse IDE.
  • Now select this jsp file, right mouse click and select Run as ->Run on server


When the execution process is completed successfully we will get the following output :


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