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Forms perform an essential function in modern websites, making it possible to gather information from users and validate that information. In this course, Adobe Certified Expert Candyce Mairs shows how to create forms to email user information and validate user data using various methods of form validation. These validation methods include client-side, server-side, and custom validation; CAPTCHA images; and Spry validation fields. You'll also see how to set up a PHP testing environment and preview PHP pages in Dreamweaver. Along the way you'll build your skills in areas like using admin consoles, commenting code, working with variables and includes, and much more.
Now that we have our Contact Us form set up, and I'm assuming you've done everything in lessons one through five for your form. We want to start looking at the validation piece. And validation simply means we're going to have some code run, to try and make sure the user has filled out the information exactly how we want it. So I am going to open up the contact us page. This is the form we are working in and what are our validation choices.
So let me just click Submit button here, so that we can actually get some information in the Behaviors panel so I can show it to you. So I've selected the button within the form. When I do that, you can see now the plus is active. If I don't have anything selected in the form, the plus may or may not be active. So, select that button again. Now whatever you select here, is what ends up being activated within this Behaviors panel.
So there's four different ways we can validate this form, three of which are in the browser itself. The last option, server side validation, the user fills out the form, clicks the button, it sends the request back to the web server and PHP validates and sends back information to the browser to display on the page. So those are the four types of Form Validation, we're going to take a look at. And I've done a movie for each individual piece, so you can get a good overview of working in Form Validation, for any form.
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