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03-06-2005, 01:53 AM
I want to make a form with only a few fields (five, at the most) that will store the input into a text file, or better yet, an HTML document.

Can you do this in HTML? Or even Javascript? Or is a stronger language like PHP needed?

For coding purposes, I will have fields named First Name, Last Name, & Credits. I may expand later, but that's good for now.

Coastal Web
03-06-2005, 03:48 AM
Yes you'd need PHP at the very least to pull something like that off:
here's an example:

//note: edit the full path to the .html file that you'd like to have edited
//and chmod it to 777
//name this file: form.php

//check if the form was submitted

//form was submitted

//here we'd better clean up the user input before we print it to your site
$first_name = trim(stripslashes(strip_tags($_POST['Fname'])));
$last_name = trim(stripslashes(strip_tags($_POST['Lname'])));
$email_address = trim(stripslashes(strip_tags($_POST['email_address'])));

//done cleaning up text lets print it to the .html file

$fd = fopen("/home/path/to/file.html", "a+"); //<-edit with path to file
$fstring = fread($fd, filesize("/home/path/to/file.html")); //<-edit with path to file

//what are we writing to the .html file
$new_input = "first name: $first_name<br>last name: $last_name<br>email address: $email_address<BR><BR>";

$fout = fwrite($fd, $new_input);


//put any HTML that you want to be outputted to the page
//after "print <<<end" and before "end;"

print <<<end

Thank you $Fname, the form has been submitted!


//we'll exit here, since we're done.
} else {
//the form was not submitted so lets show the form

//put any HTML that you want to be outputted to the page
//after "print <<<end" and before "end;"
echo <<<end

<form method="POST" action="$PHP_THIS">

First Name: <input type="text" value="" name="Fname">
Last Name: <input type="text" value="" name="Lname">
E-mail Address: <input type="text" value="" name="email_address">

<input type="submit" value="submit" name="submit">
<input type="reset" value="reset" name="reset">

//script is done, lets exit

That's the basics... l'm sure someone around here will be able to elaborate on it a bit for you.

Samantha G.