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Posted on 1998-08-06
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is there any way to get a page to automaticly post to a database (like for a hit counter) some thing along the line
of <form action="guest.cfm" method="POST"><input type="hidden" name="Date_Entered" value="CurrentDateTime()"><input type="hidden" name="ClientHost" value="CGI.REMOTE_HOST">
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<form NAME="AUTOPOST" action="guest.cfm" method="POST"><input type="hidden" name="Date_Entered"
    value="CurrentDateTime()"><input type="hidden" name="ClientHost" value="CGI.REMOTE_HOST">

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
document.AUTOPOST.submit();
</SCRIPT>

If you wish the post not to change the current page, either put the form inside frames with an invisible frame and put a TARGET="HIDDENFRAME" on the form tag
or print a 304 Nothing Changed http header from the cgi...

Michel
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PS: if you wish the date to be filled out for you, remove CurrentDateTime() and change the script to read
<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
    var today = new Date();
    document.AUTOPOST.Date_Entered.value = today.toString();
    document.AUTOPOST.submit();
</SCRIPT>
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by:jagoodie
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What do you meant about the TARGET="HIDDENFRAME" on the form tag
where do i put it? how does it work?
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by:jagoodie
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i got it to work but it keeps opening up a new fram for the page. is there a way to get it to not open the frame?
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by:Michel Plungjan
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Sorry, I was away all day yesterday...
To target a hidden frame, create the following HTML:
<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>My title</TITLE>
</HEAD>
<FRAMESET ROWS="100%,*">
<FRAME NAME="VISIBLEFRAME" SRC="OriginalPageWithTheFormInIt.html">
<FRAME NAME="HIDDENFRAME" SRC="javascript:' '">
</FRAMESET>
</HTML>

This will create a frame which is 100% of the screen and another which is the rest (e.g. not there). The javascript:' ' is to initialise it with an empty page.

Hope this helps,

Michel
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by:jagoodie
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I am sorry, i am not very good with this frames thing. Now where do i put the javascript part? in the page named javascript: ?
thank you for your continued help. :)
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sorry, nevermind, i got it. (put it in the OriginalPageWithTheFormInIt.html>
thanks again.
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