yes you are right one could think about it this way, but when you review page 320 in HFSJ, one can find that the only intention of
is to switch off EL-looking things or better to let the Container ignore reading EL-looking thinks in a JSP file.
So Answer D does not hold. On the other hand the correct Answer E says:
This page directive will only turn off EL evaluation if the DD declares a <el-ignored>true</el-ignored> element with a URL pattern that includes this JSP.
Honestly , to my opinion this answer also does not hold because it has nothing to do with the question except the fact that it wants to switch off EL through a DD . Answer E let someone think that the page directiveand the DD are related to each other which is not in sync with the explanation on HFSJ p. 320 where it says:
If you want EL-looking things in your JSP to be ignored, you have to say so explicitly, either through a page directiveor a DD element.