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CSS and Forms in Dreamweaver

By sonnaccino ·
I work at a school and have very little training in web applications, but I have to create some forms and make them work. I know about CGI, but my supervising tech person keeps telling me I just need to learn how to use CSS and I won't need CGI. I've been searching help, tutorials and everything else I can find, but can't find just exactly how that would work. I can create a form and make it look nice, I just don't know how to go about collecting results. Help!

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by nikki96 In reply to CSS and Forms in Dreamwea ...

CSS (Cascading StyleSheets) is for formatting only. It does no form processing. CGI (Common Gateway Interface) is a protocol, most often implemented by Perl, for server-side functions, programs, and scripts.

You need either a server-side scripting language to process your form (Perl, ASP, PHP) or javascript if client-side is sufficient (i.e. nothing is done with the form submission like updating a database or mailing the results).

What do you need to do with the form results?
If all you need is page layout, etc, then you can use client-side javascript and CSS. If the form actually does something useful, you need CGI or server-side scripting.

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by sonnaccino In reply to CSS and Forms in Dreamwea ...

Thank you. I thought I'd been sent on a wild-goose chance and this confirms it.

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