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Dreamweaver MX Advanced Guide
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What is a FORM
Forms allow you to interact with or gather
information from visitors to a web site.
Forms can collect information from the
user and submit this information to the
server for processing. Forms can contain
various objects that enable user interaction.
These form objects include: text fields, list
menus, check boxes, radio buttons, submit
and reset buttons.
On the form tag you specify a path to the
script that will process the form data and
which method to use when transmitting
data from the browser to the server.
The server responds by sending requested
information back to the user or by e-
mailing the input to the specified
How Does It Works at OU
When you create forms, you will actually
need to create two separate things: the
Web page that contains the form and the
CGI script to process the input from the
form. There is a generic CGI script
available for use at Ohio University.
OU Generic Script
Information on this script is available at:
The address of the generic script is: “
The script has the following limitations:
1. Text fields are limited to single lines.
2. Every field is limited to a maximum of
3. The web page with the form must be
on an OU server.
4. The e-mail destination of the data must
be to a user on an OU system.
5. The total number of fields defaults to
20, but can be set up to 999.
6. The field names must be of the format:
“f01 … f99” etc.
Create the Form
A form begins and ends with the HTML
“form” tag. In between these tags,
different objects provide the basic elements
of the form. Every form element has a
name and a value. The name describes
what information the element is