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Chapter 8. Working with Forms

Chapter 8. Working with Forms

Forms add interactivity to your Web pages. Guest books, search engines, and product ordering systems are just a few of the applications that use forms. Basically, a form is a Web page component that allows a user to send information to the owner of the page, by sending data to a Web server. A form can contain one or more elements that allow user input. Web servers accept the input and return information or confirmation to the Web site visitor, based on the way server software is programmed to respond.

To use forms with your Web site, your Web server (run by your company or an ISP) must have a CGI (Common Gateway Interface) application—or the functional equivalent—installed that supports the forms you create. Before you design any forms, be sure that you will be able to use them with your server. Find out whether you have CGI access to your server, either through an ISP or your corporate IS manager. If your server does not support interactive forms, you can skip this chapter. In this chapter, I cover:

  • How forms work

  • Creating and configuring forms

  • Basic and special form elements

  • HTML 4.0 form elements and features


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