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Pre-fill HTML form information

Posted on 2004-03-31
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I have a page on my website that lists people in my office.  When they click on a link , it takes them to a form to fill in their contact info so that particular sales rep can get back in touch with them.  

The problem I have:  
How do I take that Saleperson's name from the page with the link, and when that next page containing the form pulls up have it automatically filled in on the form?

I'm willing to look at all options here, my server resources include cgi, java, jsp, php.

Thanks in advance!
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Question by:NoelKent
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by:Reapz
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Does each person have a link of their own? If so just make the link...

yourpage.php?name=theirname

And then retrieve ot on the next page with...

$name = $_GET['name'];

If they don't have a link each why not make a form with a dropdown menu with all the names in as both text and value. When the form is submitted you can get the values on the next page like this...

$name = $_POST['name_of_dropdown_menu'];

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frugle earned 185 total points
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To put a lid on this, the code you're looking for is going to be something like:

[yourpage.php?name=theirname]

<HTML...
Salesperson: <input name="salesperson" type="text" READONLY value="<?php echo $_GET['name']; ?>" class="style">
.../HTML>

This will pre-fill the form with the value of "name" from the link on the previous page. The readonly part of the tag will stop the user from changing it.

hope this clarifies it.

Mike
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