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Restoring Form Field Values

2005-09-26T15:20:30+00:00 September 26th, 2005|Uncategorized|

Once in a while we receive reports from web site owners that a visitor had to re-fill in all fields after submitting a form and then clicking the "back" button to correct information. All the fields go blank.

Secret Access

2010-05-25T23:07:11+00:00 September 24th, 2005|JavaScript|

You go to a web page without a form or prompt indicating it might double as a secret access to another web page. You go ahead and type a certain sequence of characters on your keyboard. If you get it right, you are redirected to a secret web page.

Log Script Use

2010-05-25T23:11:01+00:00 July 25th, 2005|CGI and Perl|

How many old, unused (or under-used) CGI scripts do you have lingering on your server, taking up space? You may not be as guilty of abandoning CGI software in lieu of newer versions as we are (we've been creating, and testing software on the same server for 8 years) but odds are you've got a few dusty, unused scripts lurking about.

Controlling Checkboxes with JavaScript

2010-05-25T23:14:57+00:00 June 29th, 2005|JavaScript|

Sometimes it's desirable to control whether or not certain checkboxes are checked, or to do something depending on which ones are checked. Although CGI scripts can do their own error checking and display messages to the form user as needed, letting JavaScript do some of the preliminary checks can be faster and less frustrating for the form user.

Browser-Correct Download Instructions

2010-05-26T10:54:15+00:00 June 16th, 2005|JavaScript|

Something I've noticed since I started using non-IE browsers is that download instructions are provided, they're almost always specifically for the IE browser on Windows operating systems (right-click on the link then select "Save Target As..."). What about Firefox? Opera? Macintosh browsers?