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HTML Coding

Forms Processing

Note: The HTML pages are out-of-date and will not be updated.

A form is a web page that contains form fields, areas where users can enter information. Because form fields allow users to enter and submit information, form fields give users the ability to interact with a web page. Users enter information in the form fields by entering text in text boxes, selecting check boxes and radio buttons, or selecting an option from a menu of choices, and finish by clicking the SUBMIT button. When the form is submitted, a script or form handler gathers and processes the form field information. The script is located on a web server and is identified in the Action attribute of the form tag,

Forms are commonly used to request comments about a site, submit an application or place an order and email results to a specified email address. Since email message forms are the most commonly used type, an email message script is available on the UWEC web server for UWEC web publishers to use.

Forms are also used in search engines, phone books, and online guest books, and use special scripts to search databases, create text files, or create dynamic web pages.

Input Fields
This document gives descriptions, examples, and code for form fields: text and password fields, checkboxes, and radio, reset, and submit buttons. These are basic fields used in forms to obtain user input.

Pull-Down Menus, Scrolling Lists, and Multi-Lined Fields
This document gives descriptions, examples, and code for additional form fields: pull-down menus, scrolling lists, and multi-lined fields. These are more advanced methods of obtaining user input.

Adding the Script Location to the <FORM> Tag
This document provides instructions and examples of how to refer to the UWEC email message script in <FORM> tag.

Using the Required Hidden Form Fields
This document describes and gives examples of the five required hidden form fields all form developers must have in their form code in order to use the UWEC email message script.

Adding the Optional Form Field
This document describes the optional form fields that can be used with the UWEC email message script. Some of these fields allow developers to require that users fill in certain form fields, or give the form developer access to the user's environment variables (e.g., what web browser was being used).

Quick Reference
This document contains a table showing the basic form tag and the input field tags (pull-down menus, scrolling lists, multi-line fields and attributes) used in form processing. This is a great printout for quick help.

Composite Table of Required and Optional Form Fields
This document contains a table of required and optional form fields and their syntax. This is a convenient reference tool.

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