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Hello,
I have an HTML form which contains a TEXTAREA box and submit button.  Currently I paste text into the box and click submit and the submitted text is processed by my cgi script.  However, I am now running into the problem for the case in which I have to paste a very large block of text.  When I paste a very large block of text, the browser (IE 5.0) will freeze for up to 5 minutes before the text is finally rendered in the textarea box at which point I can then click submit and everything works fine.  But I don't like waiting 5 minutes waiting for the browser to come back.  So I was wondering if there is a way to somehow attach or specify the location of a file (which contains the large block of text) on the HTML form and have that file transferred to the HTTP server so that my cgi script can then process it ?
The solution has to be platform independent.  Also, if you have a better idea than transferring the file please suggest it (I am mostly concerned with avoiding the browser freeze up problem).
Thanks
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there is a
<input type=file> tag. AFAIK, this works with IE, NS and opera. One day also lynx shall support this. Hope this is platform independent enough :)
use it like this:
<form action=whatever.cgi method=post enctype=multipart/form-data>
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" name="MAX_FILE_SIZE" value="100000">
<!--size in bytes-->
<input type=file name=xyz>

the file is then passed along with the other post_vars

hope this helps,

maf
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