HTML Code to Submit Information – How to Create a Form in HTML

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How do you put fields and a button so people can submit information from a fill-in form on your web page?
This is done inside a "form". You can have several types of controls inside a form. The most basic form has some text fields where the user can input some information, and a button to submit. Most forms will have more functionality. They may contain a button to clear or reset the fields in case the user wants to start all over.

The fields (described below) should fall between the form open and close tags:

field 1, field 2, field 3 … The form tag at minimum must have an "action" and a "method" argument. The action tells the form what to do with the data once the user clicks submit. The action argument generally calls a script. An example of a very common action argument would be an email script such as formmail.cgi the simple form would look like: field 1, field 2, field 3 …

Common fields and controls in HTML forms

All fields should have a name. The name for the field and the data it contains will be passed to the script which processes the data.

The Text Field: It is used for inputting one line of limited information. An example would be a place where someone can input their name or email address. The length of a text field is usually limited in length (by the maxlength argument). The "size" argument tells how long the field will appear to be on the screen. Below is a simple text field:

<Input type = text name = email_address maxlength = 120> The Text Area: This is where longer text such as comments would be input. Textareas have a scroll bar and can accept unlimited amounts of text. You can put default text inside the textarea between the opening and closing tags.

<Textarea name = comments cols = 50 rows = 7> Please enter your comments here. </ Textarea> The Radio Button: This is where people can choose one (and only one) of a certain option. They usually have a dot indicating what the user has chosen. If they change their mind, the dot will move to their new choice. A good example of where to use a radio button control would be if people were allowed to choose only one size: small, medium, or large for instance.

The Check box: This could be used for Yes / No type questions, or you can have several check boxes if people are allowed to make one or more selections.

The Drop-Down (select) list : When people click a little down-arrow, a list drops down that the user can select one option from.

The Submit Button: Clicking this will send the results to the script defined in the "Action" property of the form.

<Input name = Submit type = submit value = Submit> The Clear or Reset button: This allows the entire form to be cleared in case the user wants to start all over again.

<Input name = Reset type = reset value = Reset> A very simple example:
Here is a simple form with a field for first name, last name, email address and comment that will be sent to a mail script to be mailed to the websites' owner.
The form elements in this example are placed in a table so they line up nicely.


First Name:
Last Name:
Email:
Comments:
Enter your comments here.

Source by Allen Howard

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