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i am using checkbox in my form. what datatype i should take in mysql database. like i have a checkbox named sex having options male and female like below.

1) what data type i should take in mysql database
2) how can i retrieve the value using $_REQUEST.

<tr>
<td>Sex</td>
<td colspan="2"><input type="checkbox" name="sex" id="sex" value="male" /></td>
<td align="right">Female</td>
<td colspan="2"><input type="checkbox" name="sex" id="sex" value="female" /></td>
</tr>

please help me.
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Radio button would be more appropriate (you have to choose between the two), checkboxes allows multiple choice.

The data type I used in MySQL when there is a definite choice is ENUM in this example the choices would be

'male','female' anything else would not be inserted.

to retrieve using REQUEST it would be like this

$sex = $_REQUEST['sex'];

but with your script (2 checkboxes with same name) this will cause an issue.

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by:lharrispv
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how about making the datatype in the DB a boolean.  Set the feild to female and if they answer male in the form set the boolean value in the DB to false?
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by:designersx
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gamebits: u r great thanks a lot
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Hi
For making gender details we must use only the option buttons,only then the multiple values won't be selected.
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<tr>
<td>Male</td>
<td colspan="2"><input name="rdgender" type="radio" value="1">
&nbsp;</td>
<td align="right">Female</td>
<td colspan="2"><input name="rdgender" type="radio" value="2">
&nbsp;</td>
</tr>

after setting of the option buttons like this

use the same method that others said
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echo  $_REQUEST["rdgender"]
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then see the final answer for this.
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vimalmaria: and gamebits both have given the good solution but gamebits got the higher marks because i saw his comment and my problem was solved at that time.
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Than you should have accepted my solution vimalmaria was almost 2 hours late.
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by:Vimal DM
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ya gamebits i accept this

i have given with some explanation that's all

good.
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by:gamebits
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No offense vimalmaria I guess I just had a bad day, take care.
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by:Vimal DM
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Hi,

Ok no issue on this,

sorry for the mistake.

See U

take care
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by:Vimal DM
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Hi,

sorry once again
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