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Cache a web page even if the browser setting is new page every visit to the page

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Is there a way with meta tags or cache-control or any other way to force the browser to use a browsercached copy of a page instead of loading a fresh one if the browser setting is set for a new page every visit to the page ? If a user fills in a form and get an error response i would like it if the user could press the back button and get the form with the data that the user already has filled in - not an empty form. Thanks in advance !
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In Netscape, the information will be there no matter if the cache is on or off. In IE3, the information will be away (not sure about IE4/5).

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It sticks too in IE4.  So what's this question good for then hehe.
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jbrugman earned 200 total points
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you can use the following(a lot of work though :-)
mind the difference between 'and " !
It's not real caching, but you'll get the idea.

<HTML>

<SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript">
function cachedpage() {
document.write("<HTML>");
document.write("<BODY BACKROUND='back.jpg'>");
document.write("<FONT FACE='ARIAL'>the cached page</FONT>");
document.write("</BODY></HTML>");
</SCRIPT>

<BODY>
<FORM>
<INPUT TYPE="BUTTON" onClick"="cachedpage()"
</FORM>
</BODY>
</HTML>
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by:martinag
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I don't get the idea.

BTW, that script won't work with...err...most browsers (maybe none (don't know that much about IE)). You'll have to open() and close() the document:
  document.open();
  document.write(...);
  document.close();

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by:jbrugman
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You are able to read the form, pass the data to hidden fields, then put them in a pre-written page, like document.write("name <INPUT TYPE=tekst VALUE="+namefield+">") when hitting back, the data is still in the form. (it's no real caching).
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