To get a prefilled dropdown menu: Active Hold Obsolete That is, assume you have a bean in some scope named "item." That bean has a getter for the "status" attribute (getStatus). The returns either "A," "H," or "O." This will create a dropdown that displays "Active," "Hold," and "Obsolete." When the user submits the form, you'll have a "status" request parameter with a value of "A," "H," or "O." The cool thing is, Struts with use the "name" and "property" attributes of html:select to preselect the current value. OR This looks in some scope for a collection named "ALL_MARKETS." It should contain beans with a getMarketID method and a getLabel method, which become the id and label of the