Okay I figured this out. Just a matter of not ever doing this before. I gave the wrong path for the image file in the src attribute of the img tag.
Here is my new sample code called home.jsp.
<%-- Created by IntelliJ IDEA. User: rb Date: Mar 24, 2005 Time: 11:03:29 AM To change this template use File | Settings | File Templates. --%> <%@ page contentType="text/html;charset=UTF-8" language="java" %> <html> <head><title>Simple jsp page</title></head> <IMG SRC="/webquotes10/images/home_header.jpg"> <body>Place your content here</body> </html>
In my initial attemp I thought I only needed to give the path to the image file as it was in the .war file which was images/home_header.jpg. What I needed to do was add the web module context root to the path and then it worked fine. My web module context root is webquotes10.
So now my IMG tag look like
I am relieved that you can really do both text and images from a jsp.
You did manage to make it work but that's not really the way you want to do it. You need something more dynamic in your JSP than a hard-coded context root. If, for example, you change the context root, you will have to change the hardcoded path in every img tag. Yuck!
Instead, you should compute the context root in a JSP expression like this:
<img src="<%= request.getContextPath() %>/images/home_header.jpg">
By programmatically determining the context root, you can redeploy this JSP with ANY legal context root and the img reference will still work. The "request" object is a freebie: it is one of the several "implicit objects" automatically available in every JSP. Its data type is
javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest and extends from javax.servlet.ServletRequest
You might want to look this one up because it gives access to many useful things in JSPs like the http session, the query string, the path info, cookies, and the all important security thing called the Principal.
Yuck! Drop the leading / and use relative paths. Not context required. If you need absolute use a tag. It's mindbogglingly simple to create tags nowadays; no code required even. That way the tag can supply the context for absolute paths and it can check for that.