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The Form Tag

Forms are made up of 2 parts. There's what the user sees and theres underlying code that the browser needs.


All form fields must be enclosed between
<form action="" method="get" enctype="">
Your form fields go here
  • action :Here you decide where the form is going to go.
    For example - sending the info to a script
    or sending using mailto

  • method : method can either be
    method="GET" : this is the default setting and and should be used if sending the form info to a script (this depends on the script)
    method=POST" POST is used if sending information that, for example, is used to update a database. POST must be used if your action="mailto:you@youremail.address"

  • enctype : Normally you can omit this attribute but there are certain cases where you need to set a value for it.

    enctype="application/x-www-form-urlencoded" This is the default content type used if none specified

    enctype="multipart/form-data" This must be used if you allow uploading of files for example INPUT TYPE="file"

    enctype="text/plain" If you have action="mailto:you@youremail.address" then you must specify text/plain for the email to be legible.

Next we'll look at the text input choices available

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