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Added by digi9ten, last edited by Josh Vickery on Jun 09, 2007  (view change)
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, then the body of the tag will be used as default message. If no body is used, then the name of the message will be used.

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








id false false String Deprecated. Use 'var' instead
name true false String Name of resource property to fetch
var false false String Name used to reference the value pushed into the Value Stack


Accessing messages from a given bundle (the i18n Shop example bundle in the first example) and using bundle defined through the framework in the second example.</p>
<!-- First Example -->
<s:i18n name="struts.action.test.i18n.Shop">
    <s:text name="main.title"/>

<!-- Second Example -->
<s:text name="main.title" />

<!-- Third Examlpe -->
<s:text name="i18n.label.greetings">
   <s:param >Mr Smith</s:param>

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')" ../>