Web pages often have interactive forms included in them enabling
people to enter and submit information. The advantage of a form
over a simple E mail is that the information in a form is structured
and is therefore easier to extract and analyse. Half the work
of creating interactive forms lies in inserting the relevant tags
in a web page - the other half involves ensuring that your web
server is set up to process incoming data using special scripts.
To insert a simple text entry box and buttons like the example
above is very easy using Internet Assistant. Select the location
for the form field and select Form Field
the Insert menu. This will display a dialog box like the
Clicking on the Continue button will open a dialog box like the
example below and a new toolbar with Form buttons (also shown
below). Using the dialog box shown on the left below you can select
the type of field to insert - the field at the top of this page
was a Text field.
Selecting the Text option and clicking OK
will open a secondary dialog box like the example below. In this
box details about the form field have to be entered including
the size of the field, the type of text to be entered and any
default text. You also need to enter a name for the field which
needs to be unique for each field as this will be the identifier
when the information is submitted from the form.
Once you have completed the above dialog box, Internet Assistant
adds the field to your page between Top of Form and a Bottom of
Form divider lines like the picture below. This may not look too
impressive but when viewed in a browser it will look just fine!