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how to retain tabpage selected in jsp after clicking search button?

 
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I'm using a jquery to create 3 tabpages in one jsp file.

Each tabpage has search button. However, when I go to the second tabpage and clicked search button, the system goes to first tabpage after refresh.
What I want is after refresh the page displayed is in second tab.

Can someone tell me how can this be accomplished? Thanks!
 
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Does the tab have some sort of ID? When the search button is clicked, this tab ID should be passed along and use it to determine/load what tab user was on.

Another approach is to make the page AJAX-ify instead of whole page load. This way only the result portion (eg a div tag?) or that tab reloads.
 
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Check the API documentation for the jQuery UI Tabs; perhaps there is an option that allows you to specify which tab is to be selected. (Hint: there is.)
 
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