Jul 17, 2005
A question on html-forms:
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We have an application where users will get a CD with,
among other things, some html-forms for them to fill in.
When they click the submit-button, the data is transferred
to a webserver php-script that will then process the info.
The forms-definition looks something like this:
<form action="http://www.ourdomain.com/receiver.php" method="post">
<p><textarea name="reply01" cols="40" rows="5"></textarea>
<p><textarea name="reply02" cols="40" rows="5"></textarea>
<p><textarea name="reply03" cols="40" rows="5"></textarea>
... etc ...
<p><input type="submit" value="Submit answers!">
Now, my concern is (since there might be quite a lot of data filled in),
if e.g. the internet-connection for some reason is broken
at the moment when the user clicks the submit-button,
there is a risk they will lose all the text and would have to re-type it,
which I would like to avoid, of course.
How can I best solve this issue?
Ideally, I would like to store the info on their local C: drive
before submitting, and automatically retrieve the text if they
later return to the page, but I guess that's not possible from
an html doc, right?
If so, any other suggestions how to resolve this issue?