Unit 11.2. Forms and Form Handlers

Forms as a Container for Sending Data

Forms are containers for collecting data. The most common tag used in forms, <INPUT>, points to the purpose of form elements: to collect user input and send it off for processing. As described in Chapter 5, “Introduction to HTML: Basic Tags, Tables, and Frames,” the form’s ACTION attribute indicates where the form data will be sent, and therefore how it will be acted upon. Without a value for the ACTION attribute, a form will do nothing. Similarly, a completed paper job application for an employment agency will accomplish nothing sitting on one’s own desk; it must be sent to the agency, who can act upon the data collected in the form. The data collected in an HTML form ...

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