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Original solution


Often, we have multiple submit buttons within a single form. The below is just a simple way of identifying which button was clicked, and which actions to take.

There are, of course, many ways of doing this, including the use of JavaScript to identify the actions, etc... You're welcome to pick and choose whichever method you find most useful. Struts 2 is flexible enough.


Action with boolean properties


The boolean properties 'submit' and 'clear' will be set to 'true' or 'false' according weather the submit or clear form element is present in the submitted form.

In this case, the properties are boolean, therefore the values set would be boolean.

There is another method, using String properties, described below...


Action with String properties


In this case, the properties are String, therefore the values set are also String in nature.

I don't really like this method, as it ties in the Action to the Form. (What happens if you want different text to show up on the button ? You would have to change both the form as well as the corresponding action.)


There are other ways to achieve the same functionality. There are pros and cons to each methods. Feedback welcome.

Nyong Nyong's solution


This was originally taken from comment posted by Nyong Nyong to this page - you can see it here

The more elegant solution is probably by using multiple mappings for same Action. This way you don't need to set "struts.enable.DynamicMethodInvocation" to "true".


In struts.xml

Then in MyAction class

For best practice, if you have common data loaded / managed by your actions (submit & clear), then for example, you can define a MyBaseAction class, extended by MySubmitAction and MyClearAction class. Then this is how they looks like:

In struts.xml

You don't need to specify a method name anymore, that means we will use the default execute() method.

Then in the MyAction, MySubmitAction and MyClearAction class


Credit: Andrea Ligios