PHP form validation write var to form?

I've written the following code to ensure that the form has been completely filled out, and that a valid email address has been entered in the email box. The PHP loads HTML with an appropriate header. I kind of like this approach more than JavaScript. Is there any way that I can write the values of the form variables to the new .html page that loads so that the user can still see what they input?

<?php

      function check_email($email)
      {
            $result = TRUE;
            if(!eregi("^[_a-z0-9-]+(\.[_a-z0-9-]+)*@[a-z0-9-]+(\.[a-z0-9-]+)*(\.[a-z]{2,4})$", $email)) {
            $result = FALSE;
      }
  return $result;
}

      //$jaime = "private@domain.com";
      //$kim = "email@domain.com";
      //$pat =  email2@domain.com";
      $subject = "Customer message";
      $first = $_POST['fname'];
      $last = $_POST['lname'];
      $from = $_POST['email'];
      $addy = $_POST['address'];
      $reason = $_POST['ts'];
      $message = $_POST['comments'];
      
      $c = 0;
      
      if (strlen($first) > 0)
      {
            $c++;
      }
      if (strlen($last) > 0)
      {
            $c++;
      }
      if (strlen($from) > 0)
      {
            $c++;
      }
      if (strlen($addy) > 0)
      {
            $c++;
      }
      if (strlen($reason) > 0)
      {
            $c++;
      }
      if (strlen($message) > 0)
      {
            $c++;
      }
      
      if ($c == 6) //all forms are filled out
      {
            
            $body = "From: $first $last\n E-Mail: $from\n Address: $addy\n Reason: $reason\n Message: $message";
            if (check_email($from) == false) //invalid email address
            {
                  header('Location: ../ive.html'); //invalid email address the only problem
            }
            else if (check_email($from) == true) //valid email address. confirmation page
            {
                  //mail($jaime, $subject, $body);
                  //mail($kim, $subject, $body);
                  //mail($pat, $subject, $body);
                  mail($abe, $subject, $body);
                  header('Location: ../thankyou.html');
            }
      }
      
      else if ($c<6)
      {
            if (strlen($from) > 0)
            {
                  if (check_email($from) == true) //valid email with incomplete form.
                  {
                        header('Location: ../cb.html');
                  }
                  if (check_email($from) == false) //invalid email address with incomplete form
                  {
                        header('Location: ../cbf.html');
                  }
            }
            if (strlen($from) == 0) //blank email address input
            {
                  header('Location: ../cb.html');
            }
      }

?>

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burnedfacelessAsked:
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merwetta1Connect With a Mentor Commented:
The easiest way to do what you want is to append the POST values to the query string of the URL used in the header redirects. However, the receiving pages will have to be PHP, so you can use the $_GET values to fill out the form.

<?
$q = '';
foreach($_POST as $k => $v)  $q .= ($q ? '&' : '').$k.'='.urlencode($v);

header('Location: ../cb.php?'.$q);
?>

Then you can fill in form fields like this in the receiving page:
<input name="first" value="<?php echo urldecode($_GET['first']); ?>">

However, this seems like an overly complicated approach. You might be better served by having one PHP script that has functions for displaying and verifying the form. You would use the verify function to create the customized html you want to show if there is an error, and then pass that html to the display function, which would show the custom html and the form with all previously POSTed values. This makes a nice tidy package where you can see all the things happening to your form in one place.
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xtermCommented:
Try
var_dump($_POST);

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Here is my PHP email demo.  Save it as 'Email.php' and put in your own 'To' address.  On 'send' it will display all the info in a space above the form.  You change it so that it redirects on success but posts the data to be corrected on failure.
<?php
error_reporting(E_ALL);
ini_set('display_errors','On');

# some settings of POST vars
if (!isset($_POST['send']))  $send = ''; else $send = $_POST['send'];
if (!isset($_POST['toText'])) $toText = ''; else $toText = $_POST['toText'];
if (!isset($_POST['ccText'])) $ccText = ''; else $ccText = $_POST['ccText'];
if (!isset($_POST['subjectText'])) $subjectText = ''; else $subjectText = $_POST['subjectText'];
if (!isset($_POST['msgText'])) $msgText = ''; else $msgText = $_POST['msgText'];
if (!isset($_POST['ccText'])) $ccTexth = ''; else $ccText = $_POST['ccText'];
if (!isset($_POST['bccText'])) $bccText = ''; else $bccText = $_POST['bccText'];
if (!isset($_POST['nameText'])) $nameText = ''; else $nameText = $_POST['nameText'];
if (!isset($_POST['fromText'])) $fromText = ''; else $fromText = $_POST['fromText'];

if ($send == "") {
    $title="Test Email Page";
    $announce="---";
}
else {
	if($fromText === "") die("No name!");
  $toText="youremail@yourdomain.com";
	$title="Test Email Page";
  $announce="Your Message has been Sent!";
	$header = "From: ".$fromText."\r\n";
//	$header .= "Cc: ".$ccText."\n";
	$header .= "Reply-To : ".$fromText."\r\n";
	$header .= "Return-Path : ".$fromText."\r\n";
	$header .= "X-Mailer: PHP\r\n";
	$header .= "MIME-Version: 1.0\r\n";
	$header .= "Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1\r\n";
//	ini_set(sendmail_from,$fromText);  
	mail($toText, $subjectText, $msgText, $header, '-f'.$fromText);
//	ini_restore(sendmail_from);
}
?>
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"
 "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd">

<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<title><?php echo($title)?></title>
<style type="text/css">
<!-- 
A:link { color: #999999; }
A:visited { color: #999999; }
A:hover {color: #0099ff;}
-->
</style>
<script type="text/javascript">
<!--
function check()
{
var at=document.getElementById("fromText").value.indexOf("@");
var eml=document.getElementById("fromText").value;
var nam=document.getElementById("nameText").value;
var alerttxt="";
var submitOK="true";

if (eml.length < 5 || at == -1)
    {
    alerttxt=alerttxt+"Please enter a valid e-mail address!\r\n";
    submitOK="false"
    //return false;
    }
if (nam.length < 3)
    {
    alerttxt=alerttxt+"Please enter your name.\r\n";
    submitOK="false"
    //return false;
    }
if (submitOK=="false")
    {
    alert(alerttxt);
    return false;
    }

}
// -->
</script>
</head>

<body bgcolor="#ddeedd">
<div align="center">
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" summary="" width="580">
<tr><td align="center">

<?php
if ($send != "") {
   	echo ("To: ".$toText."<br>\r\nSubject: ".$subjectText."<br>\r\n".$msgText."<br>\r\n".$header);
		}
?>

<p><b><font color="#000000" size="5">Test Email</font></b></p>
<font size="4" color="#000000">

<!--   <form method="POST" action="<?php echo($PHP_SELF)?>"> -->
<form method="POST" action="Email.php" onsubmit="return check();">
    <p><font size="3"><b>Name: <input type="text" name="nameText" id="nameText" size="46"></b></font></p>
    <p><font size="3"><b>Email: <input type="text" name="fromText" id="fromText" size="46"></b></font></p>
    <input type="hidden" name="subjectText" value="Web Mail">
    <p><font face="Arial" size="3"><b>Message Text:</b></font></p>
    <p><font face="Arial" size="3"><b><textarea rows="6" name="msgText" cols="60"></textarea></b></font></p>
    <p><font size="3"><b><input type="submit" value="Send" name="send" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: bold"></b></font></p>
    <input type="hidden" name="state" value="1">
  </form>
  <b><font face="Arial" size="4" color="#e00000"><?php echo($announce)?></font></b><br><br>

</font>
</td></tr>
</table> 
</div>


</body>
</html>

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