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Old 04-07-2005, 11:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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[html]using the url to auto fill forms

Hi all,

I was thinking I could do this, but maybe I was wrong. I have a database lookup program that looks up customer names and email addresses. I wanted to format a url from this info to automatically fill in an html form.

I used "http://www.site.com/page.html?name=(name from lookup)&email=(email from lookup)"

I thought that this would fill in the fields for me, but it just brings up the form with all blanks.

Is this possible? What am I doing wrong?
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Old 04-07-2005, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What you're describing is very possible, but can't be done with HTML alone. There are lots of ways to do it (Perl CGI, PHP, ASP, JSP, etc, etc) but you need some sort of server-side code to make that happen.
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Old 04-07-2005, 12:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks for the info. I'll just wrap my current html page in a php page so I can grab the variables. thanks for the help!
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Old 04-07-2005, 01:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You could also get away with using javascript. If you had a static HTML page and no underlying app server.
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Old 04-08-2005, 04:49 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What i ended up doing, just in case anyone wants to do this is save the page as a php file, wrap the whole thing in <?PHP ?>, changed all of the quotes to \" and put that in an echo, added variables for each of my form feilds and set them equal to $_GET['whatever the varable name in the url is'] and put the variable names in for the value="variable" in each of the form feilds. Viola.
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