Shopping forms

We got alot of products, spread over several pages.
So tWe are going to start a online hardware shop, but we run into a problem.

he user can select products on all pages, using check boxes.
And then press a "send order" button. When the button is pressed,
the user fills in a form with Name, Adr, Etc.
It should then send us a mail with the users input and all the orders.

CATTAsked:
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scdevineCommented:
Forms usually work on one page at a time in HTML 3.0, which is the version I am most familiar with.

HOWEVER (there is always a "however"):

It is possible to build a more complex cgi program to:

1)  take contact information and start a file, or possibly a database entry.

2)  display it for the user to check

3)  add checkbox things to the file/DB item

4)  final display of user's order

5)  ask for payment type.

6)  perform debit/credit/other bank transaction

7)  send a copy of order/bill to accounting department

8)  send a copy of order/bill to shipping department

Such a cgi program would probably stay active at the server while the shopper completes his order, which might eat up a bit of server performance.  Alternatively, the cgi could "front end" for the database, and activate/deactivate according to user's behavior.

Is there a good reason why the order form cannot be ALL on one page?  It might simplify matters.
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CATTAuthor Commented:
Yes there is a reason; we have lots of diff stuff for sale.
On many diff pages, so ...
And my Q was mot what is possible, but how to do it, so...??
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icdCommented:
Two options.

1. If you can write your own scripts and load them on the server then there are a number of pre-written scripts that you can use. Look at

http://www.cgi-resources.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Shopping_Carts/

2. If you can't write your own cgi scripts then there is more of a problem. You will then have to use Javascript and perhaps cookies and that is more of a problem.

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CATTAuthor Commented:
Ok I'll see what I find.
Thank you.

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