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JSTL DisplayTag Back Button Issue

Posted on 2013-01-31
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I am using displaytag with Apache/Tomcat JSTL.  It has auto sorting.

Here's an example.
http://demo.displaytag.org/displaytag-examples-1.1/example-sorting.jsp

Problem is, if you click on columns to sort, that is considered an whole web page hit and makes using the back button difficult.  Everytime you sort, you have hit the Back button that many times to get to your original page.  I need the Back button to work because the pages are cached and faster to access.

I tried to use the following javascript to see if I can figure out a way to go back n number of times (n = number of times clicked on columns)
<INPUT TYPE="button" VALUE="Back" onClick="history.go(-1);">

Figuring out the number in the go method is difficult and I just couldn't get it to work.

Any ideas how to get Displaytag to work with Back button after sorting?  Anybody experienced this same problem?
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Amitkumar Panchal earned 1000 total points
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That page says
When doing sorts, we copy the list into our own internally managed list, so that we don't change the ordering of the original list.
Please check the API if any method is available to get values in original order.

Page also suggests
You can also define the column to be sorted by default (if the user has not yet clicked on any sortable column) specifying the column index in the defaultsort attribute of the table tag. The default order can be set using the defaultorder attribute: the default value is ascending, you can set it to descending to reverse the order.
That can be an alternate, you can display the initial list by sorting any of the column.
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What does this have to do with the back button issue?
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Although did not answer question, am rewarding points for being the only one to try and answer
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