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How do I put an image instead of the Browse button when using <INPUT type=file ?

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How do I put an image instead of the "Browse" button when using <INPUT type=file ... ?

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 I tried to use the click method in order to open the "Browse" button on the <INPUT type=file ...> control. Well, it did open but when I tried to submit the form using either the submit() method or using <INPUT type=submit  ...> control I got a javascript error "Access denied".
How can I put a value in the <INPUT type=file ...> without having to manualy type in the path or manualy clicking on the "Browse" button ?
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Question by:yohuy
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You can't...the problem with this <input type=file is that it is a control that allready has the browse button along with it...You cannot change it unless you customize all of it and that would be way too much work for what it actually does..

Cheers,
Max.
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Any attempt to customize that I have seen actually change the browse button ends up with a non-functional browse button and in most cases the form is broken any way.

The browse button cannot be modified for security reason.  if it could be disquised, it would be a way for thieves to fool users into uploading files.

Cd&
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by:DreamMaster
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Exactly Cd&,

Security with these kinds of things is very strict, for the same reason it is not possible to select a file for it using scripting....as it would allow someone to auto send a file from your harddisk to their own...

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by:psogaa
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You can hide the original input form with style...then the rest is up to javascript...something like this:

<html>
<head>
<title></title>
<script language="JavaScript">
function browse(){
  testForm.filetext.click();
  testForm.filetext2.value = testForm.filetext.value;
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
<form name=testForm>
  <input type=file name=filetext style="visibility:hidden"><br>
  <input type=text name=filetext2><a onclick="browse();">This could be an image</a>
</form>
</body>
</html>
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by:psogaa
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bah, sorry...didn't read your question through :/ i guess you already tried that..
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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yohuy,

The name of this site is experts-EXCHANGE because we exchange information.  You are serious about solving your problem, you need to participate by responing to the comments.  If you treat this like a new group, or the amateur forums, you will probably not get very good results.  We solve problems with dialog no one has posted in over a week because you have not responded, and it is not going to be taken seriously.

Cd&
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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To close this out, I will be making a recommendation to CS
in about a week.  I would appreciate any comments from the
participants on how it should be disposed of.

Cd&
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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It is time to clean this abandoned question up.  

I am putting it on a clean up list for CS.

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Points to DreamMaster
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If anyone participating in the Q disagrees with the recommendation,
please leave a comment for the mods.

Cd&
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by:Computer101
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Comment from DreamMaster accepted as answer.

Thank you
Computer101
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by:DreamMaster
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Thanks Computer101 :)
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