a posting to alt.html listing forms tutorials
From: Jukka Korpela
Subject: Re: need some CGI form-mailers ppl.
Date: 15 Jun 1998 11:04:50 +0300
Organization: Helsinki University of Technology, Finland
Hell Hound <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I'm remaking my site, and I'm currently on the forms tutorial, and this time I want at least
> maybe 5 or 6 form mailers for it so ppl will have a fair amount of choice.
An interesting effort. A good tutorial on forms would be welcome.
However, it usually pays off to read a few tutorials before trying
to write one. For example:
(All of these have deficiencies of various kind. But anyone trying
to write a new forms tutorial should read them at least cursorily
before starting. Mine wasn't even written to be a tutorial, rather
a reference, but people have used it as a tutorial, too.)
And naturally you should check the ultimate specifications too:
> halted due to school - http://members.aol.com/bsbhhound/
Both pages would qualify into a collection of DON'Ts for Web pages.
And the very first thing you say in the forms tutorial
is in error; enctype="text/plain" is not among the encodings that
browsers are required to support, so it would be silly to rely on it.
Ut desint vires, tamen est laudanda voluntas
( see http://user.tninet.se/%7edfr732s/show-off.html )
Oh, by the way, as you would find out by reading the tutorials,
there is a _large_ list of remotely services for forms handling, mainly
for getting the data sent by E-mail but also for more advanced
Yucca, http://www.hut.fi/u/jkorpela/ or http://yucca.hut.fi/yucca.html
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