HTML5 Projects: Creating Surveys
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Creating the form


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HTML5 Projects: Creating Surveys

with Joseph Lowery

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This is going to be a simple but important lesson. It's simple because we're really just adding one line of code. It's important because that line of code controls everything that happens with your survey. I have opened survey.htm from the Chapter 2/02_02 folder. Now let's scroll down to line 35. Where I have a placeholder for the form tag. So I'm going to remove that comment and add my form code.

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Watch the Online Video Course HTML5 Projects: Creating Surveys
1h 12m Intermediate Jun 05, 2013

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Surveys are a great way to get insights from your audience, but they can often feel like a chore to fill out. This course shows you how to engage your website visitors with a unique 3D survey that plays like a game. Author Joseph Lowery walks through each step of the build process, using advanced HTML5 form elements and CSS transitions, and then shows how to save and display the survey results with local storage. HTML5 technologies covered include HTML5 form elements, HTML5 local storage, CSS3 3D transitions, and advanced JavaScript API.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the HTML layout
  • Creating the form
  • Crafting the initial questions
  • Setting up the CSS transitions
  • Adding navigation
  • Saving and displaying answers with local storage
Subjects:
Web Marketing
Software:
HTML JavaScript CSS
Author:
Joseph Lowery

Creating the form

This is going to be a simple but important lesson. It's simple because we're really just adding one line of code. It's important because that line of code controls everything that happens with your survey. I have opened survey.htm from the Chapter 2/02_02 folder. Now let's scroll down to line 35. Where I have a placeholder for the form tag. So I'm going to remove that comment and add my form code.

I'm going to give this form the ID of theForm. Set the method to post, so that the variables are transferred invisibly. And set the action to thanks.htm. Now Aptana automatically gives me a closing tag here. I'm going to delete that because I've got all this code that I want to wrap my form around.

But, before I do that, I do want to talk about the action action in for a moment. The action value determines how the form is eventually processed when it's submitted. Right now, we just have it going to a thank you page. However, depending on how you want to process the form, you could substitute a page that executed server side code like php or maybe perl. As I mentioned earlier, setting up this server side processing is beyond the scope of this short project course. But it's important that you understand how the operation integrates into our code.

Okay, so let's take care of that other chore, and I'll scroll down to close off the form tag. That can be found on line 102, so I'll erase the comment and paste in my copied closing form tag. By placing the closing tag here, we're encompassing all 6 divs that form the sides of our cube. This makes the processing much easier while giving the impression of a multi page form. Okay. That's the light and easy on ramp into our project. In the next lesson, we'll start bringing in the questions.

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