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9. Forms

Chapter 9. Forms

Forms, forms, forms, forms: we fill ‘em out for nearly everything, from the moment we’re born, ‘til the moment we die. Pretty mundane, really. So what’s to explain all the hoopla and excitement over HTML forms? Simply this: they make HTML and, of course, XHTML truly interactive.

When you think about it, interacting with a web page is basically a lot of button pushing: click here, click there, go here, go there — there’s no real user feedback, and it’s certainly not personalized. Programs like applets, servlets, JSPs, and ASPs provide extensive user-interaction capability but can be difficult to write. Forms, on the other hand, are easily made in HTML/XHTML and make it possible to create documents that collect and process user input and to formulate personalized replies.


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