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Using HTML_QuickForm To Manage Web Forms, Part 2


In this second part of the HTML_QuickForm primer, I will demonstrate the advanced features of the package - these include "hierarchical" drop downs, "auto-complete" text boxes, integration with the "Smarty" template engine, and much, much more.

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By: Harish Kamath
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December 29, 2004
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Using HTML_QuickForm To Manage Web Forms, Part 2
  2. · Hierarchical Drop Downs in Web Forms
  3. · Auto-complete Text Boxes
  4. · Dressing Up Your Web Form
  5. · Getting Smart with HTML_QuickForm
  6. · End Game
  7. · Conclusion

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Using HTML_QuickForm To Manage Web Forms, Part 2 - Conclusion
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Here's a quick review of the topics covered today: the first example demonstrated the capabilities of the package to generate hierarchical drop downs in Web forms along with the "date" and "advcheckbox" custom controls. The next example showed you how to incorporate auto-complete text-boxes along with hyperlinks and images. The next two examples demonstrated how you can customize the appearance of a Web form using the built-in renderer or an external template engine such as "Smarty." In the last example, I have used the 'file' control to demonstrate how to upload files using the HTML_QuickForm package.

Finally, here is a set of links that I am sure you will find useful:

HTML_QuickForm page on PEAR: http://pear.php.net/package/HTML_QuickForm

HTML_QuickForm  Documentation: http://pear.php.net/manual/en/package.html.html-quickform.php
 
Smarty Web site: http://smarty.php.net
 
That’s about it for today. Till next time, sayonara!

Note: All examples in this article have been tested on Linux/i586 with Apache 1.3.12, MySQL 3.23 and PHP 4.1.2. Examples are illustrative only, and are not meant for a production environment. YMMV!


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