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<INPUT> INPUT (VARIABLES)

Description:

This tag (used inside a form) allows you to specify text input fields, radio buttons, check boxes, and selection lists.

Attributes:

name - specifies the field or variable name; must be included.

value - specifies the default value for the variable when sent to the CGI program. This text appears within the field and can be deleted and/or replaced by the user.

type - this is where you specify what type input you are looking for, either text, radio, checkboxes, or selection menus. Be sure to see the coding examples for how to use these options. This can also be specified as"hidden" to send information that you do not want the user seeing.

size - when using a text input field, this tells how long it is (width in character's).

maxlength - when using a text input field, specifies how many characters the user is limited to for their input.

checked - when using a radio field, determines which button is selected by default (be sure to only select one!)

Example code:

<FORM ACTION="action URL" METHOD=GET/POST>
What is your name?
<BR>
<INPUT NAME="name" VALUE="enter name here" TYPE="text" SIZE=30 MAXLENGTH=3>
<P>
What is your age?
<BR>
<INPUT NAME="Age" VALUE="Young" TYPE="radio">
Young
<BR>
<INPUT NAME="Age" VALUE="Old" TYPE="radio" CHECKED>
Old
<P>
<INPUT VALUE="Submit Your Entry" TYPE="submit">
<INPUT VALUE="Clear This Form" TYPE="reset">
</FORM>

Result:

What is your name?

What is your age?:
Young
Old

See Also:

Forms
Input
Textarea