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Form fields
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Posted form data available in %fdat/@Z<>ffldtop

The hash %fdat contains all values of form fields. The array @Z<>ffld contains the names in the order in which they were submitted.

Input/Textarea/Select tags take values from %fdattop

If you do not specify a default value for an input tag and a value for that input tag is available in %fdat, Embperl will automatically insert this value and send it to the browser. This is similar to the behavior of CGI.pm. This means that if you post a form to itself, the browser will display the values you just entered.

[$ hidden $]top

[$ hidden $] creates hidden form fields for all fields not in another input field. This can be used to transport data through confirmation forms. (For example, a wizard.)

A simple Text input / Confirmation formtop

The following example shows many of the possibilities of Embperl. It's a simple form where you can enter your name, your email address and a message. If you hit the send button, you see the data you just entered and can confirm the information by hitting the "send via mail" button, or you can go back to the input form to change the data. If you confirm your input, the data will be sent to a predefined e-mail address. The example also shows how you can implement error checking--if you miss your name or your e- mail address, you will get a corresponding error message and the input form is shown again.

The first part is the error checking; the second part the confirmation form; the third part sends the mail if the input was ok and is confirmed; the last part is the input form itself.

Depending on the values of $fdat{check}, $fdat{send} and if $fdat{name} and $fdat{email} contains data, the document decides which part to show.

 [-  $MailTo = 'user\@example.org' ;

  @errors = () ;
  if (defined($fdat{check}) || defined($fdat{send}))
    push @errors, "**Please enter your name" if (!$fdat{name}) ;
    push @errors, "**Please enter your e-mail address" if (!$fdat{email}) ;

 [$if (defined($fdat{check}) and $#errors == -1)$]
  delete $fdat{input} ;
  delete $fdat{check} ;
  delete $fdat{send}

 <hr><h3> You have entered the following data:</h3>
  <tr><td align="center" colspan="2">
     <form action="input.htm" method="GET">
       <input type="submit" name="send"
              value="Send to [+ $MailTo +]">
       <input type="submit" name="input" value="Change your data">

 [$elsif defined($fdat{send}) and $#errors == -1$]

 [- MailFormTo ($MailTo,'Formdata','email') -]
 <hr><h3>Your input has been sent</h3>


 <hr><h3>Please enter your data</h3>

 <form action="input.htm" method="GET">
    [$if $#errors != -1 $]
      <tr><td colspan="2">
    <tr><td><b>Name</b></td> <td><input type="text"
    <tr><td><b>E-Mail</b></td> <td><input type="text"
    <tr><td><b>Message</b></td> <td><input type="text"
    <tr><td colspan=2><input type="submit"
                             name="check" value="Send"></td></tr>  </table>


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