• Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint
Share this Page URL

Part V: Fine-Tuning Your Page > Designing Fill-in-the-Blanks Forms

Hour 19. Designing Fill-in-the-Blanks Forms

You know forms. They're those fill-in-the-blanks parts of Web pages you use to enter search terms, register with a Web site, make e-purchases, and much more. In fact, Web forms are really the only way a Web visitor can send information to a Web site through the Web (email doesn't count).

A signature containing your email address (see Hour 10, “Making Links”) is sufficient for providing visitors with a way to send you comments and questions. But if your site is visited hundreds or thousands of times a day or you want to collect orders or mailing list signups online, you need a more efficient method—a way to collect all the information sent by visitors, store it in a database, and then work with it in a meaningful way. That's what forms make possible.

At the end of this hour, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What's involved in creating a form, and why do most beginners need to enlist the aid of a server administrator to get the whole job done?

  • How do I create the easy part of a form, the part you actually see in the Web page?

  • What do I have to do to get the tricky part of a form (the data processing) done?

The material in this hour requires a basic understanding of HTML and basic familiarity with HTML Assistant Pro, a demo version of which is included on the CD-ROM with this book. If you lack this knowledge, you skipped Hour 17, “Editing HTML.” Tsk, tsk. Go take a quick tour of Hour 17, and then come back. I'll wait.



Not a subscriber?

Start A Free Trial

  • Creative Edge
  • Create BookmarkCreate Bookmark
  • Create Note or TagCreate Note or Tag
  • PrintPrint