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Is there any way to post form results without creating a button? Right now, what I have is something like this:

<FORM method=POST action=/cgi/mycgiprog.exe>
<input type=checkbox name=box1>
etc...
<input type=submit name=submit1 value=button1>
<input type=submit name=submit2 value=button2>
</FORM>

thats of course a very simplified version. The mycgiprogram called, takes action based on the value of the submit button pressed, each one calling a different section of the program. Now, my question is, can I create a submit "button" without creating an actual button? Basically, I want to make a plain text hotlink that will submit the form. Anyone know of any way this can be done?
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yeah: <A HREF="JavaScript:document.forms[0].submit()">click here to submit</A>

this won't work if the FORM's ACTION is set to mailto:xxx
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Ok, thats a start, but my program goes by the name of the submit button pressed to determine its action. Is there any way to associate a name as in:

<input type=submit name="cmdbutton1" value=button1>


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by:bigelos
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Try
<A HREF="JavaScript:document.forms[0].submit("Button1")">click here to submit</A>

and

<A HREF="JavaScript:document.forms[0].submit("Button2")">click here to submit</A>

Haven't tried it out yet, myself, but it seems like it should work.
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Ooops!  That should be

<A HREF="JavaScript:document.forms[0].submit('Button1')">click here to submit</A>

and

<A HREF="JavaScript:document.forms[0].submit('Button2')">click here to submit</A>

(Used the wrong quotes the first time).
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by:Christian_Wenz
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another possible way:
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript"><!--
function submit1(){
 document.forms[0].hide.value="button1";
 document.forms[0].submit()
}
function submit2(){
 document.forms[0].hide.value="button2";
 document.forms[0].submit()
}

(this goes to your <HEAD> part of the page)


and add this to your form:

<INPUT TYPE="HIDDEN" NAME="hide">
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Ok, the example bigelos gave me submits ok, but still doesn't pass back a name/value pair. How would I use your example Christian?

<A HREF="JavaScript:submit1()">click here to submit</A>

???
never really used Java, so don't know that much about it. I could theoretically pass a parameter to this right? i.e.:
have no idea of the syntax for parameters, so I'm just going to guess:

function submitinfo(int mynum) {
  document.forms[0].hide.value = mynum;
  document.forms[0].submit()
}

<Input type=hidden name=hide>

<A HREF = "JavaScript:submitinfo(104)">click here to submit with a value of 104</A>
<A HREF = "JavaScript:submitinfo(105)">click here to sumit with a value of 105</A>

something like that?
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Ok, the example bigelos gave me submits ok, but still doesn't pass back a name/value pair. How would I use your example Christian?

<A HREF="JavaScript:submit1()">click here to submit</A>

???
never really used Java, so don't know that much about it. I could theoretically pass a parameter to this right? i.e.:
have no idea of the syntax for parameters, so I'm just going to guess:

function submitinfo(int mynum) {
  document.forms[0].hide.value = mynum;
  document.forms[0].submit()
}

<Input type=hidden name=hide>

<A HREF = "JavaScript:submitinfo(104)">click here to submit with a value of 104</A>
<A HREF = "JavaScript:submitinfo(105)">click here to sumit with a value of 105</A>

something like that?
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by:bigelos
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Change the
function submitinfo(int mynum) {
to
function submitinfo(mynum) {

and it should work.

Just remember to put your JavaScript in between <script> and </script> containers.  In addition, you'll probably want it in the head section of your document.

Also, what you have might work, but it is more common to use single quotes when sending the value to the function.  I would use

<A HREF = "JavaScript:submitinfo('104')">

instead
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by:wrussell051197
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Ok, that worked. But since both of you helped me get the answer I needed, I'm not sure how to divide up points. I'll see if I can get the expert exchange people to split them for you.
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by:bigelos
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Go ahead and give them to Christian....
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Ok, thanks for all the help, both of you :)
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