Displays one of a set of possible outputs, depending on the relative value of its two input parameters.

Class Name




Required Input Parameters

obj1 and obj2

The objects to compare.

Open Parameters


The value to render if obj1 is greater than obj2.


The value to render if obj1 is less than obj2.


The value to render if obj1 is equal to obj2.


The value to render if obj1 and obj2 cannot be compared.


The value to render if no open parameter corresponds to the comparison result. For example, obj1 is greater than obj2 and there is no greaterthan open parameter; or the obj1 and obj2 cannot be compared and there is no noncomparable parameter.

Usage Notes

Compare takes two objects as input parameters and conditionally renders one of its open parameters, based on the relative values of the input parameters. For all non-number properties, the comparison is accomplished by casting the two objects to java.lang.Comparable and calling Comparable.compareTo(). A comparison must involve properties that share the same data type, unless those properties are instances of java.lang.Number.


The following example uses Compare to compare the value of the securityStatus property of the user’s profile to the value of the securityStatusLogin property of the PropertyManager component, to determine whether the user has logged in.

<dsp:droplet name="Compare">
  <dsp:param name="obj1" bean="Profile.securityStatus"/>
  <dsp:param name="obj2" bean="PropertyManager.securityStatusLogin"/>
  <dsp:oparam name="lessthan">
     <%-- user has not logged in, so display the login form --%>
     <dsp:include page="login_form.jsp"></dsp:include>
  <dsp:oparam name="default">
     <%-- user has logged in, so proceed to the protected content --%>
     <dsp:include page="protected_content.jsp"></dsp:include>

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