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Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 How-Tos: 100 Essential Techniques by David Karlins

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Chapter 14. Collecting Data in Forms

Forms provide a uniquely interactive element in a Web site. Through a form, you not only convey content, you collect content. This content can range from orders for products, feedback on site content, service requests and subscription list sign-ups, to surveys, forum discussions, and opinion polls.

Some form content is managed using scripts that run in the visitor’s browser. Such scripts are referred to as client-side data handling. Other forms collect data and send it to a server, where scripts on the server manage the data. These are called server-side forms. Most form data is managed by server-side scripts. One example of a server-side script is a mailing list form. Visitors enter information (at least an ...

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