Values from request.form variables won't compare , but hard-coded ones will.

Posted on 2001-09-12
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I have a piece of code which is baffling me.

I am trying to compare one variable, which has been loaded from a request.form object, with another one which has been loaded withing the ASP.  For testing, I am comparing the two and if they are equal I am writing a message to the screen.  

When I compare the two, I don't get any message, even though the values are equal when I write them out separately.  If I plug a value into the request variable and compare them, I get my message.

Why won't my comparisons work with imported data?

Here is some sample code:

The Form--
<form name=email method=post action="mailit.asp">
<input type=hidden name=secid value="match me">

The ASP--
secid = request.form("secid")
secid1 = "match me"

if secid1 = secid then
   response.write "It matched!"
end if
Question by:Barry62
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Accepted Solution

jitganguly earned 100 total points
ID: 6477118
Try CStr function if it is character type or cint for numeric

secid = request.form("secid")
secid1 = "match me"

if cstr(secid1) = cstr(secid) then
' OR if cint(secid1) = cint(secid) then
  response.write "It matched!"
end if
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Expert Comment

ID: 6477123
Also you may want to use trim function Like

secid = request.form("secid")
secid1 = "match me"

if cstr(Trim(secid1)) = cstr(Trim(secid)) then
 response.write "It matched!"
end if

Author Comment

ID: 6477134
That was so easy!  Why didn't I think of that??


Expert Comment

by:Nitin Sontakke
ID: 6477136
For sure implementation please use both of the "jitganguly"'s suggestions. Use conversion functions to get correct values.

The trouble you are having is because all variables in all scripting languages are of data type variant and need explicit conversion before comparison.


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