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Understanding Web Forms

Although you probably have a feel for how a FrontPage web uses text and pictures to supply different kinds of information to visitors of your site, you might not know that you can design your site to request information from those visitors. FrontPage provides you with the capability to create various input forms that can be placed on your Web pages for use by your site visitors. This makes it easy for you to gather a variety of information. For example, on a personal Web, you can ask visitors to vote Yes or No on whether they like your site. On a corporate site, you can ask visitors interested in your products to provide their names and addresses so they can receive special offers or a catalog from your company.

The forms you create can be a combination of text boxes, radio buttons, check boxes, and drop-down lists that provide a set of choices for visitors. Before creating the form, however, you should decide what kind of information you want to collect, which definitely affects how the form looks and the type of input fields (text boxes versus check boxes) you place on the form. Figure 12.1 shows some of the input field types you can place on a form.


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