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Chapter 8. Forms > Creating Forms with Authoring Tools

Creating Forms with Authoring Tools

Composing HTML forms is another one of those daunting tasks that faced early content developers. Trying to keep all your <INPUT> tags and their NAMEs straight in your head can often get frustrating. And now that the form tags are expanding and becoming increasingly complex, it's more important than ever to have access to an authoring tool that can assist you with the task of creating a form. This section looks at the forms support you get from Microsoft FrontPage 98, Allaire HomeSite, and Adobe PageMill.

FrontPage 98

The FrontPage Editor helps you compose forms in a couple of ways. The most obvious is the Form Toolbar, which contains buttons for placing single-line text fields, multiline text boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, drop-down menus, and action buttons. When you click any of these, the desired control appears on the page, along with Submit and Reset buttons (if you haven't started a form yet). The form is contained by a box with a dashed rule, and any other controls you place in the box are part of that form (see Figure 8.8).


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