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Auto-Fill Forms By Clicking On Link To Them?

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I have a web page that has links to another web page containing a form. Is there any way to pass information to the form fields by clicking on the original link?

For example:

In the original web page, there is a link:
<a href="someurl.html">to_another_page_link</a>

Upon arriving at that page is it possible to have the fields (originally blank) already filled in with the information from the previous page?

(the stand alone form) <input type="text" name="vulntrackval" value="">

(after clicking on link from original page) <input type="text" name="vulntrackval" value="to_another_form_page_link">

Feb 5 '08 #1
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Your server side program would need to fill those in before sending it back to the browser. It cannot be done using html alone.
Feb 5 '08 #2

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Alright then. That's one convenience they're going to have to do without. Thanks.
Feb 5 '08 #3

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Alright then. That's one convenience they're going to have to do without. Thanks.
Not necessarily. Using Javascript its possible to retreive Get query variables using
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  1. function getQueryVariable(variable) {
  2.   var query =;
  3.   var vars = query.split("&");
  4.   for (var i=0;i<vars.length;i++) {
  5.     var pair = vars[i].split("=");
  6.     if (pair[0] == variable) {
  7.       return pair[1];
  8.     }
  9.   }
  10. }
So for example if you had 2 textboxes on your page (page1.htm), as follows
[HTML]<input id="text1" />
<input id="text2" />[/HTML]

Then you could make your link page1.htm?text1=foo&text2=bar

Then all you need to do is call getQueryVariable('text1') and then for text2 and use javascript to populate your form.

By the way, i cant take credit for the javascript function, i found it at this site

Hope that helps
Feb 6 '08 #4

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No. You get the query data but then you click the link which gets sent to the server and that's the end of that. The server side software must still populate the next page.
Feb 6 '08 #5

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