Chapter 10. Forms

A Web site is a great way for you to broadcast a message, announce a new product, post late-breaking news, or just rant about the state of the world. But that’s all one-way communication, which you may find a bit limiting. You may be curious to get some feedback from your audience. Or you may want to build your business by selling your product online, and you need a way to gather vital stats from your customers. If you want to receive information as well as deliver it, it’s time to add forms to your Web design repertoire (see Figure 10-1 for a simple example). Whatever type of information you need to collect on your site, Dreamweaver’s form objects make the task easy.

A form can be as simple as a single empty text box (a field) and a button, or as complex as a 100-question survey composed of fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions.

Figure 10-1. A form can be as simple as a single empty text box (a field) and a button, or as complex as a 100-question survey composed of fill-in-the-blank and multiple-choice questions.

Form Basics

A form begins and ends with the HTML <form> tag. The opening <form> tag indicates the beginning of the form and sets its properties; the closing </form> tag, of course, marks the form’s end.

In between these tags, different objects provide the basic user-interface elements—the design—of the form. Radio buttons, text fields, and pull-down menus are just a few of the ways you can gather input. It’s perfectly okay to include other HTML elements inside a form, too. In fact, your site’s visitors would be lost if ...

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