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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Forms: Optional Visible Form Fields

The optional visible form fields are reserved names for information that the user completed. The two optional visible form fields are realname and email.

email
This field creates a text box allowing a user to enter his/her email address. When form developers use this field in a form, the email message they receive containing the form results will be from the user, indicating who submitted the form information and allowing the form developer to reply to the message. In addition, the user's email address will also appear at the beginning of the actual email message (e.g., submitted by studentcr@uwec.edu).

realname
This field creates a text box allowing a user to enter his/her name. When form developers use this field, the user's name will appear at the beginning of the email message containing the form results (e.g., submitted by Chris Student); however, form developers will not be able to reply to the user unless they also use the email field.

HINT: If form developers use both the email and realname fields, they will be able to reply to the email message, and the user's name and email address will appear at the beginning of the email message.

To insert the optional visible form fields:

  1. Place the insertion point within the form boundary where you want to insert the form field

  2. From the Insert menu, select Form » Textbox
    A text box appears.

  3. Type any desired text before or after the text box

  4. To select the text box form field, click it

  5. From the Format menu, select Properties
    The Text Box Properties dialog box appears.
    Text Box Properties dialog box

  6. In the Name and Initial value text boxes, type the desired name and initial value for the text box
    HINT: The initial value is the text that will appear by default in the text box. This should reflect the type of response you would like from the user
    EXAMPLE: A text box prompting users to enter their email address may have the initial text "email address" displayed)

    Name Initial value (optional)
    email email address
    realname name

  7. In the Width in characters text box, type the desired width for the text box
    NOTE: The default width is 20 characters. This width does not indicate how many characters users can enter into the text box; it indicates how many characters wide the text box will appear on the screen.

  8. Click OK

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