problem with my form

hey everyone,

I just finally created a form on my website that is working, but I ran into a problem that I cannot figure out. On my form i put on there a comment section, but for some reason, I do not receive that portion of the form. I keep testing the form and get everything else but that one, any info on how to fix it would be greatly appreciated, thank you

Keven

my website is www.custom-woodturning.com, the form is under the contact portion of this site, thanks


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Keven,

There is no comment field published on your page. Assuming you did create a form field in the Freeway document, it did not get published.

1st to check is;

  1. Did you create a “Text area” box for the comment field on the Freeway page?

  2. Is the “publish” tick box in the inspector palette for this item ticked or un-ticked? Make sure it is ticked or it will no get published and will not upload.

David

On 28 Jul 2008, at 21:32, Keven wrote:

I just finally created a form on my website that is working, but I ran into a problem that I cannot figure out. On my form i put on there a comment section, but for some reason, I do not receive that portion of the form. I keep testing the form and get everything else but that one, any info on how to fix it would be greatly appreciated, thank you

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David,

You are correct, the current version of Keven’s web page has no “Text Area” in it. Yesterday, when he first posted his problem, that page did have a “Text Area” on it. The problem was, when I did a view of the HTML source code, all the other form fields were properly coded for form input, e.g.

First Name: <input name=“FirstName”… . The “Text Area” HTML code was not coded for for <input name=… , thus nothing would be returned with the form from the “Text Area”. I didn’t know why this was the way it was, so I didn’t post anything then. I assumed some of the knowledgeable people on this forum would know why and post the answer. So the mystery continues.

I just tried a test page FW Pro 5.1.2. I created a new page and under Page-setup the form>FormSetup I setup the form info. Using the toolbar HTML->Text Field, I inserted a text field. Then using the toolbar HTML->Text Area I inserted a text area. I tried various combinations of Layer/NoLayer, CSS/NoCSS and when I preview in a browser, then view page source, the text field ends up with code like “” while the text area ends up with code like “”. Note: no “input” in the Text Area code. I guess either a “Text Area” cannot be used for input for a form or there is a bug in FW.

LLE

On Jul 29, 2008, at 4:42 AM, David Owen wrote:

Keven,

There is no comment field published on your page. Assuming you did create a form field in the Freeway document, it did not get published.

1st to check is;

  1. Did you create a “Text area” box for the comment field on the Freeway page?

  2. Is the “publish” tick box in the inspector palette for this item ticked or un-ticked? Make sure it is ticked or it will no get published and will not upload.

David

On 28 Jul 2008, at 21:32, Keven wrote:

I just finally created a form on my website that is working, but I ran into a problem that I cannot figure out. On my form i put on there a comment section, but for some reason, I do not receive that portion of the form. I keep testing the form and get everything else but that one, any info on how to fix it would be greatly appreciated, thank you

David Owen
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This code is OK for a text area.

On 29 Jul 2008, at 13:11, LLE Freeway wrote:

I preview in a browser, then view page source, the text field ends up with code like “” while the text area ends up with code like “”. Note: no “input” in the Text Area code. I guess either a “Text Area” cannot be used for input for a form or there is a bug in FW.

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Note: no “input” in the Text Area code. I guess either a “Text Area” cannot be used for input for a form or there is a bug in FW.

This is correct code, a textarea is not an input, but a textarea will submit along with a form, as long as it has a name attribute and is contained within a form.

A textarea is different than most other form element tags – it looks like a paragraph or a DIV in that it has an open and a close tag:

<textarea name="foo" cols="20" rows="10">Default Text Here</textarea>

As you noticed, Freeway does all this automatically, and it’s pretty hard to mess it up. I’m not sure how the OP was getting a textarea without a name, if I remove the name in Freeway, it silently adds one back in.

Walter


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First time in my life, wrong again!
Thanks for correction, I assumed all form input fields needed an
“input” qualifier. I have not used “Text Areas” before. I should have
tested the receiving end to see if the text area stuff got posted.
There are two types of people. Experts, who know more and more about
less and less, until they know everything about nothing. Then there
are generalists who know less and less about more and more until they
know nothing about everything. I fear I am in the latter group, too
many things on my plate to be an expert in any one. :frowning:

LLE

On Jul 29, 2008, at 9:01 AM, waltd wrote:

Note: no “input” in the Text Area code. I guess either a “Text
Area” cannot be used for input for a form or there is a bug in FW.

This is correct code, a textarea is not an input, but a textarea
will submit along with a form, as long as it has a name attribute
and is contained within a form.

A textarea is different than most other form element tags – it
looks like a paragraph or a DIV in that it has an open and a close
tag:

Default Text Here</
textarea>

As you noticed, Freeway does all this automatically, and it’s pretty
hard to mess it up. I’m not sure how the OP was getting a textarea
without a name, if I remove the name in Freeway, it silently adds
one back in.

Walter


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sorry everyone, I guess my recent update to my website i forgot to put the comment section back in. if anyone can explain it to me, would be greatly appreciated, thank you again in advanced


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my website has been updated with the comment section back in, so if anyone can tell me what is wrong with, thank you again


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Keven,
Now that waltd has explained “text area”, I did some further testing
and wrote a php script on my server and sure enough FW “text Areas”
work. Now that you have updated your webpage, By doing a view source,
I see the problem. There is no “name” in the HTML for the Text Area on
your page. The line of code on your page is:

Type comments here.</
textarea>

. It should look like:

Type comments here.

. Go
into FW to your contact page where this text area is. Select the text
area so its inspector window shows up. Go to the third tool in the
toolbar of the inspector window, the one that looks like a little web
page. You should see the first field labeled Name. If this is blank,
according to my tests, this will produce what I’m seeing on your page,
i.e. no “name” in the HTML code. Check that this has some text in it,
i.e. the name of this form entry.

LLE

On Jul 29, 2008, at 11:55 AM, Keven wrote:

my website has been updated with the comment section back in, so if
anyone can tell me what is wrong with, thank you again


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seriously, thank you all for your help, something so small that just slip out from under me. thanks again


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To create this error, you would have to go out of your way to actually delete all the text out of the name field, as freeway automatically creates a name when you create a new text area.

On 29 Jul 2008, at 17:40, LLE Freeway wrote:

Now that waltd has explained “text area”, I did some further testing

and wrote a php script on my server and sure enough FW “text Areas”

work. Now that you have updated your webpage, By doing a view source,

I see the problem. There is no “name” in the HTML for the Text Area on

your page. The line of code on your page is: <p

class=“style1”>Type comments here.</

textarea>

. It should look like:

<textarea

cols=40 rows=10 name=“xxx”>Type comments here.

. Go

into FW to your contact page where this text area is. Select the text

area so its inspector window shows up. Go to the third tool in the

toolbar of the inspector window, the one that looks like a little web

page. You should see the first field labeled Name. If this is blank,

according to my tests, this will produce what I’m seeing on your page,

i.e. no “name” in the HTML code. Check that this has some text in it,

i.e. the name of this form entry.

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Hi Keven

Just a small point to note - if you create a 2 column table as a container for your form elements with the LH column holding the descriptors - First Name, Last Name, email etc. and the RH column holding your fields you will achieve a far neater layout on the page.

Your form may work fine now but it looks untidy

You will get the idea from this page

http://www.stta.org.uk/enquiry.php

David


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