in my research i found this article, looks promising for what i want to do
the problem im having is the actual method call to make it work. seems all this was written in spring, and im unsure how to implement it in my seam environment.
i think a nice feature request would be to include this functionality in seam. i find it hard to believe im the only one on the planet that wants to have a back button on their application and doing so would require turning off validation for that moment so the user can actually go back a page.
try using immediate="true" on your cancel h:commandButton
I was having the same problem and this worked for me! Thanks!