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Form self-validation and submission

This is a fairly common question that I have never been able to find a good answer for.  What I want to create is a series of forms that validate themselves, and if the information contained in them is correct, write to my database and go to the next form in a series.  I can do this if I write the page as one big .php3 file and use $PHP_SELF as the form action, but I want to break it up among several pages. How can I get the form to redisplay if it hits a flag that the page is incorrect, and go to the next page if the info is valid? Thanks guys.
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us111Commented:
I'm sure that it will work perfectely.
One form, check fields, insert into database and then go to next form.
If I understand what you need ....

<?
function TestField($f)
{
if ($f == "")
      print "<font color='#FF0000'>";
}

$field_list = array("Name", "Firstname");

if ($REQUEST_METHOD == "POST")
{ for($i=0; $i<count($field_list);$i++)
  {     if ($$field_list[$i] == "")
          $err=true;
  }
  if ($err<>true)
  {  #now insert into your databse
     # place your code here

     # then redirect to the next form
     header("Location: nextform.php3");
  }
}
?>

<form action="form.php3" method="post">
<?TestField($Name)?>Name</font>
<input type="text" value="<?print $Name?>" name="Name"><br>
<?TestField($Firstname)?>Firstname</font>
<input type="text" value="<?print $Firstname?>" name="Firstname"><br>
<input type="submit" value="submit" name="submit">
</form>
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vianetmanAuthor Commented:
That is sort of what I was trying to do, but I want to do it without a header() redirect function.  In some circumstances I want to validate the form on the same page, but still submit the data to the next page via the post method.  Any ideas?  Thanks.
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us111Commented:
I don't really understand why you need to post again the data to the next form after validating the form.
If you insert them in a database, you can easily get them in the next form.

well try
<?
include("nextform.php3")
exit();
?>

instead of header...
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freshmeatCommented:
why not try javascript on client?
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us111Commented:
I think it's better to use PHP, you don't depend of the browser.
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vianetmanAuthor Commented:
I mostly want to pass the data to the next page because I want it to pass some sort of identifying information, such as a user ID, so I will know to whom the data entered on the next page belongs to.  I know, I know, PHP4 has user tracking functions built in, but I cannot install any non-release quality software on the server, so I am stuck with PHP3.  Also, I am not going to spend all day installing the extra librarys needed for PHP3 to do session tracking.  I know the other option is client sided cookies, but I hate dealing with cookies.

Thanks for all the help. I am going to wait another day or two to give up the points in case someone has a miraculous answer that hasen't read this yet.
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us111Commented:
with the following solution, for example if you have an ID

<?  ### form.php3
                      function TestField($f)
                      {
                      if ($f == "")
                            print "<font color='#FF0000'>";
                      }

                      $field_list = array("Name", "Firstname");

                      if ($REQUEST_METHOD == "POST")
                      { for($i=0; $i<count($field_list);$i++)
                        {     if ($$field_list[$i] == "")
                                $err=true;
                        }
                        if ($err<>true)
                        {  #now insert into your databse
                           # place your code here

                           # then redirect to the next form
                           include("nextform.php3");
                           exit();
                        }
                      }
                      ?>

<form action="form.php3" method="post">
                      <?TestField($ID)?>ID</font>
                      <input type="hidden" value="<?print $ID?>" name="ID"><br>
                      <?TestField($Name)?>Name</font>
                      <input type="text" value="<?print $Name?>" name="Name"><br>
                      <?TestField($Firstname)?>Firstname</font>
                      <input type="text" value="<?print $Firstname?>" name="Firstname"><br>
                      <input type="submit" value="submit" name="submit">
                      </form>


and
nextform.php3
<?
........

........
?>
<form action="nextform.php3" method="post">
                      <input type="hidden" value="<?print $ID?>" name="ID"><br>
                      <input type="submit" value="submit" name="submit">
                      </form>



your ID will be define in the nextform.php3 page........

I'm lost with your question and your problem.
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vianetmanAuthor Commented:
I guess that will have to do.  PHP just does not have what I need here.  Sorry to be so picky.  Thanks for all of your help!
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