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Please make sure you have read the Tag Syntax document and understand how tag attribute syntax works.


Render a I18n text message.

The message must be in a resource bundle with the same name as the action that it is associated with. In practice this means that you should create a properties file in the same package as your Java class with the same name as your class, but with .properties extension.

If the named message is not found in a property file, then the body of the tag will be used as default message. If no body is used, then the stack will be searched, and if a value is returned, it will written to the output. If no value is found on the stack, the key of the message will be written out.

For more details on using resource bundles with Struts 2 read the localization guide.


Dynamic Attributes Allowed:








idfalsefalseStringDeprecated. Use 'var' instead
nametruefalseStringName of resource property to fetch
searchValueStackfalsetruefalseBooleanSearch the stack if property is not found on resources
varfalsefalseStringName used to reference the value pushed into the Value Stack


Other example

<s:text name="format.money"><s:param name="value" value="myMoneyValue"/></s:text>

where the following is in a regular (possibly locale-specific) properties file:


For more about formatting text, see

  1. http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.4.2/docs/api/java/text/MessageFormat.html
  2. http://java.sun.com/docs/books/tutorial/i18n/format/decimalFormat.html

If you wish to use i18n in your tag attributes

This will not work:

<s:textfield name="lastName" label="<s:text name="person.lastName"/>" ../>

Instead, you should use the getText() method that you inherit when your Action extends XWork's ActionSupport:

<s:textfield name="lastName" label="getText('person.lastName')" ../>