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i have a bunch of buttons that i want to put on a page and i want each button to call a different script.  i also want the buttons displayed next to each other.  how can i do this?

<form ....action="/cgi-bin/foo.pl">
<input type=submit name="foo button">
</form>
<form ....action="/cgi-bin/bar.pl">
<input type=submit name="bar button">
</form>

is not an option as far as i can tell because i can't have the buttons next to each other.  

possibly javascript?  thanks.

Dan.
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Nah, don't use Javascript, you'll miss some of your audience. Since you are calling a script, use the power you already have. Make one script, and then have each button have a name. The "Name" attribute in a TYPE="Submit" tag is not used often, but it can be useful in cases like this. So:
<FORM ...action="foo.pl">
<INPUT TYPE="Submit" Name="Ice" Value="Cold!">
<INPUT TYPE="Submit" Name="Ice" Value="Hot!">
</FORM>

Then, in foo.pl:

#!perl etc...split stdin into variables with cgi.pl or the equivalent...stored in %in for this example:

$in{'Ice'} =~ /^Cold/ && &Bar;
$in{'Ice'} =~ /^Hot/ && &Zoo;
## else...
&Zap;

Each sub can call another program if you wish, or even have them open a new page with "Location...". I would keep them all as subroutines within one script myself, branching out to other scripts where necessary. HTH :)
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