This documentation was adapted from the Web Form with Transform 3.0: the Users' Guide. Transform is ONLY available to Indiana University.
This is a continuation of the Using Transform to Process Web Forms tutorial and is based on the same sample form used previously.
This portion of the tutorial demonstrates how to make specified fields in your web form required entries: when the reader does not complete a required field, it returns an error response. However, having a required field does NOT mean that values are verified, such as making sure that phone numbers have the correct number of digits or are numeric; it simply verifies that the reader supplied data in the required form field.
This is a continuation of the template you previously began. New additions to the sample template file below are shown in RED.
|# begin template
# this *email-response* section modifies some E-mail fields to make them
# required by adding a req- to the field name
# notice that only a single iteration of a specific field must be made required
# for it to be required in every instance of the form
To: type your E-mail address here
Subject: Question from [req-name]
[name] submitted this Ice Cream survey
E-mail address: [email]
[name]'s favorite ice cream is [favorite] [other].
[name] has a [entry].
[name] discovered his/her favorite place to each ice cream from one or more of the following:
# Now let's add a section which describes a successful form submission
# Note the *success-response* section header
# Since this response is being returned to the user's www browser it
# must be a correct html document
<TITLE>The Ice Cream Survey</TITLE>
<P>Thank you, [name], for your submission</P>
<P>I have recorded the following survey information:</P>
<P>[name] submitted this Ice Cream survey</P>
E-mail address: [email]<BR>
<P>[name]'s favorite ice cream is [favorite], [other].</P>
<P>[name] has a [entry].</P>
<P>[name] discovered his/her favorite place to each ice cream from one or more of the following:<BR>
# Now let's add an error-response section
# Again, this must be in the form of an html document because it is being
# returned to the user's browser.
# Remember, this section is displayed to the reader when required
# fields, flagged with req-, are not completed by the reader.
<TITLE>Error in Form Submission</TITLE>
<P>Sorry, [name], you have attempted to submit an incomplete form.</P>
<P>Make sure you have completed the following fields:<BR>
Your E-mail address: [email]<BR>
Your phone number: [phone]<BR>
Your name: [name]</P>
<P>Use your browser's back button to return to the form and complete the necessary fields.</P>
# end template file
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