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I'm trying to make a form using some PHP and Smarty, the form I generate looks like this:
<legend>Add Book</legend>
<form action="http://www.myurl.com/elevator?state=library&action=submit" method="post">
<input type="text" name="title" length="40" maxlength="40" value="" /></span><br />
<input type="text" name="author" length="40" maxlength="40" value="" /></span><br />
<input type="text" name="publisher" length="40" maxlength="40" value="" /></span><br />
<input type="text" name="genre" length="40" maxlength="40" value="" /></span><br />
<input type="submit" name="enter" value="Submit" /><br />
However when I submit data nothing gets posted. I have tried echoing out the data at the ?state & action specified but it isn't set (I am using an if clause and it's echoing out stuff to signify that the post data is unset). Anyone have a clue as to where my post data is going and what I can do to fix it?

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shouldn't that be elevator.php


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No, elevator is a directory and it has an index file that instructs the PHP with what to do, in this case it is calling a listener which is looking for states and actions and then triggering stuff. The listener is correctly finding the states and actions however the post data isn't finding its way through.

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I've been able to do some testing and I've found that if I write the address like so:
instead of like this:
[a href=\"http://www.vaultedceilings.net/elevator?state=library&action=submit\" target=\"_blank\"]http://www.vaultedceilings.net/elevator?st...y&action=submit[/a]
then the form works correctly. Can anyone who understands the inner workings of HTML post explain to me why the second and more desirable expression does not work?

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