Forms on my webpages?
March 10, 2010
UPDATE: We are implementing the new LiveWhale forms tool throughout Lewis & Clark. If you have an old form, feel free to email the URL here: email@example.com
Very soon I will have more FAQs walking us through the details of forms.
Yes, you can add forms on your website. This is however an ADVANCED activity that some people might find difficult without help from the New Media team (which we are happy to give!).
The typical online form allows users to enter information in a text box, click items on a checklist, select items from a dropdown list, and so forth; the results of this are then emailed to you. A good form can be a great help to some types of work.
There are two main steps:
- Create the form content in an HTML editor or via (gasp!) the old Trillium form builder, which is still working at http://legacy.lclark.edu/cgi-bin/makeform.cgi
- Paste the form HTML into the HTML box on the LiveWhale page you are editing.
Here is general text for a form you could use:
<form action=” http://legacy.lclark.edu/cgi-bin/form-mail5.cgi” method=post>
<input type=hidden name=”recipient” value=”YOUR_EMAIL@lclark.edu”>
<input type=hidden name=”url-to-return” value=” http://www.lclark.edu/offices/YOUR_OFFICE/ “>
<input type=hidden name=”subject” value=”This is what your email subject line would be”>
<td valign=top><b>Test Text Box</b></td>
<input type=text name=”TestTextBoxData” size=20>
<td valign=top> </td>
<input type=hidden name=”required” value=”TestTextBoxData”><input type=submit name=submit value=”Submit”></td>