HTML and CSS Reference
In-Depth Information
To Start Notepad++ and Open an HTML File
The following steps start Notepad++ and open the HTML file, bluwavform.html.
Start Notepad++ and, if necessary, maximize the window.
With a USB drive plugged into your computer, click File on the menu bar and then click Open.
If necessary, navigate to the Chapter06\ChapterFiles folder on the USB drive.
Click bluwavform.html in the list of files.
Click the Open button to open the bluwavform.html file in Notepad++ (Figure 6-7).
bluwavform.html file from
Data Files for Students
Figure 6-7
Creating a Form and Identifying the Form Process
When adding a form to a Web page, the first steps are creating the form and
identifying how the form is processed when it is submitted. The start <form> and end
</form> tags designate an area of a Web page as a form. Between the <form> and </form>
tags, form controls can be added to request different types of information and allow the
appropriate input responses. A form can include any number of controls.
The action attribute of the <form> tag specifies the action that is taken when the
form is submitted. Information entered in forms can be sent by e-mail to an e-mail address
or can be used to update a database. Although the e-mail option is functional, many Web
sites process information from forms using Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripting.
CGI Scripts
Using CGI scripts to process
forms is a much more
efficient way to handle
the data that is sent from
a form. Many Web sites
have free sample CGI
scripts for Web developers
to use. Search the Web for
relevant CGI information
and free samples.
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