Many applications use HTML for reporting and online help, among other things. Embedding a Web browser in your application eliminates the need to worry about which browser a client uses to view your pages, and also allows you to create custom tags that tie the HTML page back to your application. For example, for the help system in an IDE, a user could browse a function reference where you have created custom tags, and when the user clicks on the function name, the function call could be inserted into the user's code.
HTML forms are a means of collecting information. People fill in a form and/or select something. Then they click a button. Forms don't actually process information. For something to be done with the information, it must be sent somewhere. This tutorial is about how to make forms and how to send the information, but not how to process the information after it has been sent off.
One of the advantages of PHP has always been the ability to easily manipulate information submitted by the user through an HTML form. In fact, PHP version 4.1 adds several new ways to access this information and effectively removes the one most commonly used in previous versions. This article looks at different ways to use the information submitted on an HTML form, in both older and more recent versions of PHP.
SSI stands for Server Side Includes. In it's simple form, it means that you can put a tag in your HTML pages that will be replaced by the file that you specify. This is extremely useful and I strongly urge you, whether you are a beginner or advanced designer, to use it. It will save you many hours work later.
Before building a site, every webmaster has to make a decision on what layout method to use. Most seem to go with either a frame or a table-based layout, the latter being more popular in these days. While both of these have their advantages and disadvantages, a frame-based site is usually easier to update.
Have you ever spent two hours changing just one word that recurs on each page of your website? Anyone who has maintained a web site with many pages for an extended period of time knows the nightmare of having to edit a word or date that recurs on each page, such as copyright information.
Ever wondered how some websites seem to have multiple "layers" of designs? Although some use frames and other design techniques to accomplish this look, I'm going to show you a simple way to create the look without the "headaches" of complicated design techniques.