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I am trying to code an .htm page which has to display 3 dynamic drop-down boxes in series with each other as well as a browse box with a browse button to select a file. The user is to send the file(s) to me (along with the information in the above mentioned boxes) as an e-mail attachment. Here is the code I have up until now:

<html>

<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">
<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 5.0">
<meta name="ProgId" content="FrontPage.Editor.Document">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
<title>FPS Element Evidence Submission Page</title>
</head>

<body background="FPS%20Website_files/background_.jpg">

<p align="center">
<img border="0" src="FPS%20Website_files/fordlogo.jpg" width="140" height="51"></p>
<p align="center"><font size="6" color="#0000FF">FPS Element Evidence Submission
Page</font></p>
<form method="POST" enctype="multipart/form-data" action="--WEBBOT-SELF--">
  <!--webbot bot="FileUpload" s-label-fields="TRUE" S-Email-Address="ggregor4@ford.com" S-Email-Format="TEXT/PRE" --><p align="center">
  <font color="#0000FF">FPS Element:</font> <select size="1" name="FPS_Element">
  <option selected>Select FPS Element:</option>
  <option>FTPM</option>
  <option>IMF</option>
  <option>ISPC</option>
  <option>Leadership</option>
  <option>ME</option>
  <option>SMF</option>
  <option>Training</option>
  <option>Work Groups</option>
  </select><font color="#0000FF"> FPS Category:</font>
  <select size="1" name="FPS_Category">
  <option selected>Select FPS Cagegory</option>
  <option>1.1 Planned Maintenance</option>
  <option>1.2 Improving Equipment Effectiveness</option>
  </select><font color="#0000FF"> Element #:&nbsp;
  <select size="1" name="Element_Number">
  <option selected>Select Element #:</option>
  <option>1.1.1.1.1</option>
  <option>1.1.1.1.2</option>
  <option>1.1.1.10</option>
  </select> </font></p>
  <p align="center"><font color="#0000FF">Department:</font>
  <select size="1" name="Department">
  <option selected>Select department:</option>
  <option>8612-Chem &amp; Met Lab (incl. Quality &amp; Dyno)</option>
  <option>8622-Material Handling</option>
  <option>8640-Building Services</option>
  <option>8643-Tool Management</option>
  <option>8650-Cylinder Heads</option>
  <option>8656-Connecting Rods</option>
  <option>8660-Cylinder Blocks</option>
  <option>8665-Crankshafts</option>
  <option>8667-Camshafts</option>
  <option>8685-Engine Assembly</option>
  <option>8618-Building Services - Annex</option>
  <option>8643-Tool Management - Annex</option>
  <option>8651-Cylinder Head Machining and Assembly - Annex</option>
  <option>8658-Connecting Rods - Annex</option>
  <option>8668-Crankshafts - Annex</option>
  <option>8678-Engine Assembly - Annex</option>
  <option>8688-Cylinder Blocks - Annex</option>
  </select> <font color="#0000FF">Your evidence file:
  <input type="file" name="F1" size="20"></font></p>
  <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>
  <p align="center"><input type="submit" value="Submit" name="B1"><input type="reset" value="Reset" name="B2"></p>
</form>
<p align="center">&nbsp;</p>

</body>

</html>

In this code, the "FPS_Element" drop down has to be a dynamic drop-down box which displays a list of options unique to that choice in the next drop-down, which is the "FPS_Category" box. That one in turn has to display a third set of options in the "Element_Number" box, then after the user selects from the "Department" box (which is not tied into the other three, it is just a drop-down selection box), a selection in the "F1" box to choose a file from the user's local computer has to be sent to me (along with the other information in the drop-down boxes) as an e-mail attachment. This coding is way over my head! How do I code this in html?
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by:VincentPuglia
ID: 9651848
hi,

insofar are the 'dynamic' selects, see the 'cascading selects' scripts/tutorials at my GrassBlade site: http://members.aol.com/grassblad
or the script at: http://members.aol.com/grassblad/cascade3.html

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by:webwoman
ID: 9658847
First, you CANNOT attach anything from the client to an email. The USER has to do that.
Second, get rid of FrontPage.
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by:VincentPuglia
ID: 9658937
tsk tsk, webwoman -- do i detect an individual who has had problems with the nation's number one wysiwyg?  :)

Vinny
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by:gtgloner
ID: 9671191
To Webwoman:
Hi! I'm back. About your statement regarding not being able to have the client use e-mail to attach anything to this page I am designing, how would I then have a file that was selected through a browse box by the user (from his local computer) transferred to me along with all the other existing information gathered on the page? Here is my existing code:

<html>

<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type"
content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta name="Author" content="Vincent Puglia GrassBlade Software">
<meta name="description"
content="A javascript method for dynamically creating cascading selection lists, dropdown menus.">
<meta name="keywords"
content="html,dhtml,java,javascript,free,script,cut&amp;paste,selects,selection list,dropdowns,cascading,3d,variable,forms,database,The Learning Curve,Snip-Its,'I,Object',source,file,programming,code,tutorials,combo box,free scripts,GrassBlade,">
<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 5.0">
<title>GrassBlade: Cascading Selects 2</title>
</head>

<body background="FPS%20Website_files/background_.jpg">
<script language="javascript" src="../funcs/funcs.js"></script><script
language="javascript">
<!--
selList1a = new Array("FTPM (click arrow for FPS categories)", "", "1.1 Planned Maintenance","selList1aa", "1.2 Improving Equipment Effectiveness", "selList1ab");
selList1b = new Array("IMF (click arrow for IMF categories)", "", "6.1 MFS-Supplying/Industrial Materials","selList1ba", "6.2 MFS-Requisitioning Systems", "selList1bb");
selList1c = new Array("ISPC (click arrow for ISPC categories)", "", "3.1 QPS Deployment","selList1ca", "3.2 QPS OIS sheets", "selList1cb");
selList1d = new Array("Leadership (click arrow for Leadership categories)", "", "9.1 Planning","selList1da", "9.2 Involvement, Commitment & Support", "selList1db");
selList1e = new Array("ME (click arrow for ME categories)", "", "4.1 Lean Mfg. Concepts","selList1ea", "4.2 Project Review", "selList1eb");
selList1f = new Array("SMF (click arrow for SMF categories)", "", "10.1 Personnel, Planning & Support","selList1fa", "10.2 Continuous Improvement", "selList1fb");
selList1g = new Array("Training (click arrow for Training categories)", "", "2.1 Training Needs Analysis","selList1ga", "2.2 Training Plan", "selList1gb");
selList1h = new Array("Work Groups (click arrow for Work Groups categories)", "", "8.1 Overall Work Group Effeciveness","selList1ha", "8.2 Structure", "selList1hb");

selList1aa = new Array("1.1.1.1.1", "", "1.1.1.1.2", "", "1.1.1.2", "", "1.1.1.3", "", "1.1.1.4", "", "1.1.1.5", "");
selList1ab = new Array("1.2.1", "", "1.2.2", "", "1.2.3.1", "", "1.2.3.2", "", "1.2.3.3", "");

selList1ba = new Array("6.1.1","","6.1.2", "", "6.1.3", "", "6.1.4", "");
selList1bb = new Array("6.2.1","","6.2.2", "");

selList1ca = new Array("3.1.1.1","","3.1.1.2", "");
selList1cb = new Array("3.2.1","","3.2.2.1", "");

selList1da = new Array("9.1.1","","9.1.2.1", "");
selList1db = new Array("9.2.1.1","","9.2.1.2", "");

selList1ea = new Array("4.1.1","","4.1.2", "");
selList1eb = new Array("4.2.1","","4.2.2", "");

selList1fa = new Array("10.1.1","","10.1.2", "");
selList1fb = new Array("10.2.1","","10.2.2", "");

selList1ga = new Array("2.1.1","","2.1.2", "");
selList1gb = new Array("2.2.1","","2.2.2", "");

selList1ha = new Array("8.1.1","","8.1.2", "");
selList1hb = new Array("8.2.1","","8.2.2.1", "");

function fillSel(selObj)
{
  var destList = (selObj.name == "Element") ? "Category" : "Number";
  var i = j = 0;
  var newItem;
  var src;
  var srcName = "";

   for (i = 0; i < selObj.length; i++)
      if (selObj.options[i].selected)
         srcName = selObj.options[i].value;

  if (srcName == "") return;
  src = eval(srcName);

  var dest = eval("document.cascade." + destList);    

  with (dest)  
  {
     options.length = 0;
     for (i = 0; i < src.length; i++)
     {
       newItem = options.length;
       options[newItem] = new Option(src[i]);
       options[newItem].value = src[i+1];
       i++;
     }
     options[0].selected = true;
  }
 
 
  <!--webbot bot="PurpleText" PREVIEW="if (!isOk) history.go(0);" -->
 
}

//--> end hide JavaScript
</script>

<p align="center">&nbsp;
<img border="0" src="FPS%20Website_files/fordlogo.jpg" width="140" height="51"></p>

<p align="center"><font size="6" color="#0000FF">FPS Element Evidence Submission
Page</font></p>

        <td>&nbsp;</td>
        <td>&nbsp; <form method="POST" name="cascade">
           
                <tr>
                    <td align="center" width="36%">
                <p align="center">
  <font color="#0000FF">Element:&nbsp; </font>
  <select
                    name="Element" size="1" onchange="fillSel(this)">
                        <option selected>-- Select FPS Element --</option>
                        <option value="selList1a">FTPM</option>
                        <option value="selList1b">IMF</option>
                        <option value="selList1c">ISPC</option>
                        <option value="selList1d">Leadership</option>
                        <option value="selList1e">ME</option>
                        <option value="selList1f">SMF</option>
                        <option value="selList1g">Training</option>
                        <option value="selList1h">Work Groups</option>
                    </select></td>&nbsp; <font color="#0000FF"> Category:</font>&nbsp;
                    <td align="center" width="164%">
  <select
                    name="Category" size="1" onchange="fillSel(this)">
                        <option selected>-- Select FPS Category --</option>
                    </select> <font color="#0000FF">Element #:</font>&nbsp; </td>
                    <td align="center" width="100%">
  <select
                    name="Number" size="1">
                        <option selected>-- Select Element # --</option>
                    </select> </td>
                </tr>
            </table>
            </center></div>
                </p>
  <p align="center"><font color="#0000FF">Department:</font>
  <select size="1" name="Department">
  <option selected>Select department:</option>
  <option>8612-Chem &amp; Met Lab (incl. Quality &amp; Dyno)</option>
  <option>8622-Material Handling</option>
  <option>8640-Building Services</option>
  <option>8643-Tool Management</option>
  <option>8650-Cylinder Heads</option>
  <option>8656-Connecting Rods</option>
  <option>8660-Cylinder Blocks</option>
  <option>8665-Crankshafts</option>
  <option>8667-Camshafts</option>
  <option>8685-Engine Assembly</option>
  <option>8618-Building Services - Annex</option>
  <option>8643-Tool Management - Annex</option>
  <option>8651-Cylinder Head Machining and Assembly - Annex</option>
  <option>8658-Connecting Rods - Annex</option>
  <option>8668-Crankshafts - Annex</option>
  <option>8678-Engine Assembly - Annex</option>
  <option>8688-Cylinder Blocks - Annex</option>
  </select> <font color="#0000FF">Your evidence file:
  <input type="file" name="F1" size="20"></font></p>
  <p align="center"><input type="submit" value="Submit" name="B1"><input type="reset" value="Reset" name="B2"></p>
        </form>
        <p><br>
        </p>
        </td>
        <td>&nbsp;</td>
    </tr>
    </table>
</center></div>

</body>
</html>
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by:VincentPuglia
ID: 9671576
Hi gtgloner,

Do you have cgi?  Posting to your server is the best alternative.  If you cannot do any server-side processing, check with:

 http://www.cgi-resources.com

for a service that will allow you to use one of their apps.

Also, please do me a favor and change the following lines:

// change this:  src = eval(srcName);  to:
  src = window[srcName];

//change this:    var dest = eval("document.cascade." + destList);   to:  
  var dest = document.cascade[destList];    

the code was written awhile ago (and I haven't had the time to change it online)

Vinny
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by:gtgloner
ID: 9671684
Vinny:
No, I am not using cgi scripting, I have been using .asp programming incorporated with html and Access databases to run surveys through a corporate LAN network. I don't think I can have a file downloaded to me from the user in this manner, however. That is what I am tryng to write into the code for the submit button at the bottom of the page.
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VincentPuglia earned 750 total points
ID: 9672391
Hi,

>> I don't think I can have a file downloaded to me from the user...

I'm not an asper, but I don't see why you can't.  you should be able to direct the form's action to a page that gets the values & then stores the file to a directory on the web.

Vinny
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by:gtgloner
ID: 9672501
Vinny:
OK, I'll award you the points here and take the question from here to the .asp page on this site.
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