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Chapter Eight . Collecting Data in Forms

Forms provide a uniquely interactive element in a Web site. Through a form, you not only convey content, you also 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. A jump menu, for example, collects data (the page a visitor to your Web site wants to go to, for example), and acts on that input (by opening a new Web page). And the client-side script does that without sending any data to a server. Other forms collect data and send ...

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