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Chapter 16. Creating Forms > Testing Forms

Testing Forms

Although you can do some basic functional testing of form pages in Page Preview view, to do a full end-to-end test including the form processing, you have to publish the site to the Web server. This action causes FrontPage to add any client-side form validation and enables the Web components involved in processing the forms to be utilized for testing.

The Absolute Minimum

Other than simple mailto links, forms are the primary means for getting user responses and requests back to you. FrontPage has a full range of tools for creating forms as well as form-processing results on the Web server.

Use the form page templates and Form Page Wizard to create ready-made form pages. These can produce forms for many if not most of the typical form tasks, from search forms, guestbooks, and feedback forms to more general forms created using the Form Page Wizard.

FrontPage also provides tools for adding your own custom forms and form controls. Use the Insert, Form submenu to add forms and form controls to existing pages.

Use the Form Properties dialog box to specify how the form results should be processed. You can direct users to a confirmation page, as well as store form results in a file or a database, or have them sent to you via e-mail.



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