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[SOLVED] <form name="form">?

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I've seen some forms that have something like

<form name="form" method="POST">

whats the point of the name?

I've tried messing around with this i created a php

page like this:


<form method="POST" name="form">
<input type="text" name="text" size="20">
<input type="submit" name="submit" value="submit">
} else{
echo $_POST['form'] . "<br>\n";
echo $_POST['text'] . "<br>\n";
echo $_POST['submit'] . "<br>\n";


just to see what $_POST['form'] returns is it comes back blank.

is there a point to the name in a form?

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Yes, the form name is used to identify the form.


This way, you can use Javascript (heaven forbid!) to update form fields in the correct field. This way, you can have a permanent login script on every page of your site and still have an email form too. I use this principle when designing some of my sites (and yes, I do update forms using JavaScript too sometimes). I think dreamwever names them automatically form1 etc. but it's useful to name them yourself too.

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Like others said, you can use JavaScript to easily access the form like this:



That should print out whatever value in the <input name='text' /> field of the form name 'form'. In your case, it won't print out anything because the input doesn't have a value. But if you change it to: <input name='text' value='hi' />, the code will print "hi"


The $_POST['form'] echos back a blank because it has no value. You didn't type anything in (not that you could)

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