drop down menus

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I’m new to freeway, so apolgies if this is pretty obvious! I am looking to put in a form on my site, one with drop down menus and spaces to put in text. Does anyone know how to do this? I can see how to do drop down menus for the titles at tthe top of a page, like for navigation, but i need to create a form in the middle of the page. Any ideas?

All comments appreciated!

all the best

steve


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Hi Steve

Welcome to Freeway.

The toolbar at the top of Freeway work area has a number of icons - the one you want is - HTML -

Select menu list and draw a box, then text field (single line) or text area (a text box)

These are the basics place holders of a form.

Even using Freeway, response forms can be tricky blighters, so you’ll need more advice at some stage.

Use the above terms to search within FreewayTalk or the SP knowledge base http://www.softpress.com which has been recently revamped (and I like it … it’s two thumbs fresh)

Here are a couple of links that may be of use from there:

Hope this helps

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hi Roger

Thats a lot of help, thanks very much. I’ll have a look at that, and get back to you.

All the best

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Hi roger

I tried a few things, but they arent working. I intially tried the PHP feedback form, but its saying theres a javascript error when I try to publish it in firefox. Hmm. I filled in all the spaces in the action, but its not working?

Any ideas?

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Steve, the PHP Feedback form action requires that all the form elements be on the same layer. The easiest way to do this is simply to select all of your form elements and Group them together.


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Hi chuckamuck

Thx for the reply. I tried that - but when i upload the site to my server, get the site up, and click the ‘send’ button at the bottom, it goes blue, then back to normal, but nothing actually sends, and the screen stays the same? Could it be a problem with my server, not supporting PHP? I think its something i’m missing at this end though.

have grouped all the elements onto one layer. Do i need to action all the boxes, so all have actions, or is grouping them enough?

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Did you use the PHP feedback form action on the individual form items, or did you apply it to the page that the form is on? If you did the former, try adding the action to the page instead, after you remove the action from all the individual form elements.


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cheers chuka

How do i apply it to the whole page? I can do it to the separate elements, but dont know how to apply it to the page. SAd, i know.

thanks for your time, steve


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Hold that thought…we have progress…

I just pressed ‘send’ and got this -

'Error 403 - Forbidden

You tried to access a document for which you don’t have privileges.’

What so you think chukka?

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p.s. I figured out how to apply the php action to the page…!


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I just pressed ‘send’ and got this -

'Error 403 - Forbidden

Did you set up success and error pages? Are the paths to these pages correctly input into the PHP Feedback action window?


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Hi Chucka

the strangest thing happened to my page. Yesterday - i got it all working. I was applying lots of info to the form, pressing ‘send’ and it was sending info to my email (gmail) account. Today, its not working!? Driving me mad. Yes, I have the success and error pages set up correctly on the php feedback action window - theyre directed to the pages i have designed. Just driving me mad, as yesterday it was all working fine. Damn it! Basically, I grouped all the text fields in the form, and then applied the php form action to them. Should I apply the action to the page as well? I have tried both - to no success…

Thanks for your advice

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First of all, make sure you haven’t applied the PHP Feedback Form action to with both the items and page options. Use one or the other, not both.

Since you got it working yesterday, there is something you changed since then.


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Basically, I grouped all the text fields in the form, and then applied the php form action to them.

Hmm… did you group the Send button and any other form related button with the text fields also? If you didn’t, you should have.


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hi chucka

hey - i had a breakthough - i realise that when i dont fill in ALL the form - miss out one of the text boxes - it sends me to the error page - didint know that. (!) I do now. I wonder if i should put in a ‘please fill out all parts of the form’ line. Seems odd though. Also, when i tab through the form, the cursor jumps through the form randomly. I think this is because i placed the text boxes onto the page ‘not in order’ if you know what i mean. How do i solve that? Also - and this is strange too - I place the text boxes on the page - everything looks good on the form, and when i upload it - looks good. But when i view it in safari - the boxe are all over the place? Different browsers and different results? odd!

Thanks again for your help

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It is useful to structure a form like this into a table ie create a table 2 cols, x rows and then insert your form items into the table.

You are far more likely to get the whole thing hanging together reliably under any viewing conditions. It should also help your tab order.

Did you use the PHP feedback action in the end?

If so then certain fields have error checking built into them depending on how they have been named

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hi dave

I did use php feedback action in the end, yes. how do i structure a form into a table with 2 cols x rows and insert the form into the table? I can see how to make the table, with cols and rows - but how do i put it the text fields? I tried to just draw them in, but they dont become part of the table.
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I can see how to make the table, with cols and rows - but how do i put it the text fields?

Click inside the table field to get flashing cursor, then go to the Insert menu and insert the form object you need. Afterwards you can resize the object to fill the form field.


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And rather than recreating them just cut/copy and paste so you get the correct names/attributes - remembering to delete any duplicates.

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Hi dave

thats class, thanks for that. Hey, you seem to know your stuff - so i may as well ask you - how do i do simple animations, like making type flash etc? I suppose you need to create two versions of the type, then action something?

Most appreciated mate!

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