This page covers:
Form Text Boxes
Forms are used for gathering information from web visitors. You
may want to add a guestbook, a survey, or ask visitors to register, among other things.
You can have the contents of the form mailed to you or as you'll see later, have the input
processed in other ways.
The form element starts and end with the
<FORM> tag needs a couple other important
NAME can be used to name the form, but isn't as important.
Here's what the form tag should look like:
<FORM NAME="Test_Form" METHOD="post" ACTION="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">.
METHOD tag tells the form how to send the form data (using which HTTP method) -
METHOD attribute takes either
get (the default)
post. If you use
get, you'll see your
form variables and values in the URL after you hit the submit button. The
method includes the form information in the body of the form. The
attribute tells the form how to process the form.
ACTION element of
the form is an important one. It tells the form how to process its contents once someone
has filled it out. The simplest
ACTION tag is
mailto:email@example.com. This emails the
forms contents to the email address, but does not neccessarily work across different
browsers. For example, on my machine in Internet Explorer, filling out a form with a
mailto action tag pulls up my email client and
doesn't send the form contents. But this will vary depending on how the user has his/her
browser and default email client configured.
Most places that host web pages allow access to a cgi-script that
will process your form for you. Read up on the user docs and find out if you're web page
hoster does. If you want to find out how to process forms using ASP or PHP, please visit
their respective sections.
Form Text Boxes
Text boxes allow users to fill in whatever data is
neccessary and are usually the most frequently used form elements. The
INPUT types create the following text boxes.