Form Posting TextArea (No Text)

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Hi all,

I have a problem when posting the data of a form (field).

I have a Textarea in my form:

<label for="eh-textarea-desc">Description:</label>
<textarea cols="40" rows="8" name="eh-textarea-desc" id="eh-textarea-desc"></textarea>

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I this post(submit) the text that I've written ...

My php collects the data ..BUT no Description .. instead I get "on" (without quotes), which is what I would expect to get from a checkbox not a textarea ... anyone got any idea why this could happen?

Thanks






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it should work as expected. Show us the rest of the form as well as the php script you are using to handle it. Two things come to mind

1. Is there another part of your form called eh-textarea-desc?
2. Is your php script overwriting your variable?
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
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Commented:
I agree, that should work in a form.  And you have two items with the same name, I think you will only 'see' the second or last one.   I think you need to show us more code cause something isn't quite right.

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This is what I've done:

First I define a variable and set to empty

$ehTextareaDesc = '';

Then I assign the variable to the post

if(isset($_POST['eh-textarea-desc'])) {
             $ehTextareaDesc = $_POST['eh-textarea-desc'];
      }

Note: The above is to avoid undefined errors

Then on the form I have this:

<label for="eh-textarea-desc">Description:</label>
<textarea cols="40" rows="8" name="eh-textarea-desc" id="eh-textarea-desc"></textarea>


Then once I submit I have the php to show me what has been passed:

echo 'The Description Posted is '.@$_POST["eh-textarea-desc"];

The above is returning "on"

Hope this helps.
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Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014

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Why do you have the '@' symbol?  Use:

echo 'The Description Posted is '.$_POST["eh-textarea-desc"];
Dave BaldwinFixer of Problems
Most Valuable Expert 2014

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What are you typing into the textarea before you POST it?

Author

Commented:
I'm posting just any text..for example: "This is a textarea description"

Author

Commented:
OK, I've been doing some more test and here are the results:

I currently navigate to the textarea field using sub lists

example:

<ul>
<li><a href="#">Go to the Textarea</a>
<ul>
<li>
<textarea></textarea>
</li>
</ul>
</li>
<ul>

So I navigate to the textarea ... type whatever .. hit the back arrow and submit.

For some reason the form is not retaining the data when I submit it although if I navigate back to it the data IS there.

Any ideas on why this might be happening?



</li>
try this:

first line of your script

print "<pre>";
print_r ($_POST);
Fixer of Problems
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Why would the form retain the data?  That description doesn't make any sense.

Here are a set of files I made up for another question that demonstrate posting data from one page to another including a <textarea>.

formA.html
formA1.php
formA2.php

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