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How to Create a Dynamic Web Page

This quick tutorial demonstrates how fast and easy it is to produce web pages with dynamic content that are purely client based. This is aimed at beginners to web programming or those of you who like to keep things fairly simple. Wellman's creative names for cities and towns adds a bit of humor too.

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By: Dan Wellman
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June 14, 2004
  1. · How to Create a Dynamic Web Page
  2. · Code for Drop-down Box and Text Area
  3. · Making the HTML Elements Interact
  4. · Completed File

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How to Create a Dynamic Web Page - Code for Drop-down Box and Text Area
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The code used is all my own, so feel free to tweak it, customize it and build on it in any way you like. Iíve used a simple name and address list as an example here, more to demonstrate usage than as a recommended employment, but its use is limited only by your imagination. It doesnít have to be confined to the web either; you can have the page saved on your desktop at home, or on a shared volume on the office network.

To begin with open Notepad (or your HTML editor of choice), and add the following code to a text file: 


Save it as htmlTemplate.txt, and from now on, you can just open the template file, add your code between the relevant tags and save it under a different name. If you produce a lot of HTML in Notepad, it will save you time.

Open your template file or add the above tags to a blank page. Give the page a title and letís get the basic HTML for the page laid out. You will be using two objects mainly: a drop-down or selection box for visitors of the page to choose the content that gets displayed, and a text area to exhibit information based on the selection.

To set the drop-down box, add the following section of code in between the <body> tags:

<select >
<option>Please select</option>
<option>Mr Smith</option>
<option>Mrs Bloggs</option>
<option>Mr Doe</option>
<option>Mrs Jones</option>
<option>Mr Spencer</option>
<option>Mr Field</option>
<option>Ms Reed</option>
<option>Mr Waters</option>
<option>Mrs Frank</option>
<option>Mr Green</option>

To create the text area, add this code below to selection box code shown above:

<textarea rows="12" cols="60"> </textarea>

The rows and cols properties of the <textarea> element dictate the size of the text area, each row is a normal line height, and each column is normal character width. 

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