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Part: V Collecting User Data with Forms > Sending and Reacting to Form Data

Hour 20. Sending and Reacting to Form Data

In Hour 19, “Creating a Form and Using a Form to Collect Data,” you learned how to create a form. In this hour, you'll decide what to do with the data that the user enters into your form. You will need to send the data to a script on the server to process the form data. The script on the server can store data in a database, send it to an e-mail address, send results back to the browser, or process it any way you want.

You also can have client-side scripts created in JavaScript to process form data, but those scripts will not have access to server resources and will not be able to e-mail data or insert it into a database.


Some of the types of information you might want to receive in a form can include orders, feedback, comments, guest book entries, polls, or even uploaded files. Creating the form and inserting form elements is usually the easy part. The difficult part is installing and configuring the scripts that will process the data.

In this hour, you will learn

  • How to use the Validate Form behavior

  • How to set up a page to submit to a CGI script

  • How to create secure Web pages

  • How Dreamweaver edits and displays ASP, JSP, PHP, and CFML code


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