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Capturing Data from Forms

Displaying content from databases within a Web page is only half the battle of database maintenance in most cases. There is usually a need associated for updating information in a database or for somehow connecting entry fields on a form to data storage for future retrieval. In the CompuShop example you need not only display the products that are available for purchase, but also provide a form by which people can place orders.

To solve this, you first need to create an HTML form for capturing key criteria for order processing. This form can be created either manually using FrontPage's HTML form editing tools or by using the Form Wizard. No matter which approach you use, a sample order form for the CompuShop will include the part number for the product and the quantity of items the user wants to order. There are usually additional fields on this form in which to enter credit card information and shipping information. The sample order entry form used by CompuShop is shown in Figure 39.16.


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