I feel there are 3 ways of doing it. 1. Have a Javabean filled with data and use the <jsp:useBean> tag to fill the values. 2. Use a JSP custom tag which outputs the HTML of SELECT control(combo box) with data filled in. 3. Use scriptlets to fill data. Surely as many agree I would go for option 1 or 2. Hope this helps, Have fun,, Vadiraj.