Need JSP / JSTL Checkbox example

I have a web page where a person is registering for a class.    In order to register, they need to click a 'checkbox' to indicate they agree with course policies.

I'm using struts and JSTL.

When the person hits submit, I can get other registration data into the Servlet text box.

example:   <nested:text property="userName"/>
I can get read the username property in my Servlet.

However, I'm confused about the checkbox.  How do I add a checkbox to the web page? and then read the content in the Servlet?

How do I know if the checkbox is clicked or not?  Is it a boolean?

Can someone provide a simple example?
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Weiping DuConnect With a Mentor Senior Web DeveloperCommented:
Boolean is object and you should use primitive boolean type.

in JSP:
<html:checkbox property="manager">Manager</html:checkbox>
<html:checkbox property="employee">Employee</html:checkbox>

in your formBean:
private boolean employee;
private boolean manager;

public boolean isEmployee() {
      return employee;
public boolean isManager() {
      return manager;
public void setEmployee(boolean b) {
      employee = b;
public void setManager(boolean b) {
      manager = b;

in ActionServlet:
protected void performAction(
  ActionMapping mapping,
  ActionForm form,
  HttpServletRequest request,
  HttpServletResponse response,
  ActionErrors errors,
  ActionForward forward)
  throws Exception {

      yourFormBean testForm = (yourFormBean) form;
      if (testForm == null)
            System.out.println("Form is null");                  
            System.out.println("==> Manager: " + testForm.isManager());
            System.out.println("==> Employee: " + testForm.isEmployee());

You can use <html:checkbox> to do that such as
<html:checkbox property="policies">Policies</html:checkbox>

Then you definitely need "policies" in your FormBean. I believe that it should return boolean. Give it a shot and see whether I am correct or not :)
tmonteitAuthor Commented:

I can't get it to work with either a String or Boolean 'policies'.  In all cases, the value is null when it gets to my servlet. ???

I'm scrubbing the web for a simple recipie.  put X in your jsp.  put Y in your FormBean.  Put Z in your servlet example.
How do you retrieve the FormBean?

Can you show me your JSP and Action?
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