There are a thousand ways to pass data... some are just more kludgy than
In addition to using hidden fields
You could put the data into a Database
You could Write it to a file
You could put it in a cookie
You could use sessions
etc, etc, ad nauseam
Two things to point out, however.
The first is that using Hidden fields is not really frowned down upon (at
least not by anyone I know) and
will probably lead to the least convoluted code.
The second is that anything passed in a form (unless you are using SSL or
something) is already insecure.
If you have truly sensitive information you need to be looking into
encryption, if not then why sweat the hidden fields?
----- Original Message -----
From: Tim Olsen <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>; <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2001 1:07 PM
Subject: Re: [PHP] passing variables from forms to the same page
> Yeah, I had thought about using hidden inputs, but hidden inputs are not
> really hidden. They still exist on the HTML page, and although not visible
> in the browser, are visible in the code. This may not be cool if you have
> sensitive information that is passed, also if you have a lot of variables
> pass, thats just a lot of hidden inputs to pass.
> Is there no other way to accomplish this? No built in function? I guess it
> makes sense that there is not, b/c the form submits the form and only the
> form variables. Thanks.
> ----Original Message Follows----
> From: David Robley <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Reply-To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> To: "Tim Olsen" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, [EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Subject: Re: [PHP] passing variables from forms to the same page
> Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 16:13:41 +0930
> On Tue, 17 Jul 2001 15:41, Tim Olsen wrote:
> > People,
> > I have 4 forms in four seperate html pages included directly (no links
> > to includes) in the same .php file, i have it so all the form actions
> > is php.self, so when each form is submitted it goes on to display the
> > next form in line, using if and else statements, of course. I want to
> > be able to use variables created by the first form in the html part of
> > the last form. What is the best way to do this?
> > So far, I can only use variables on the next page (form) that is
> > written out. After that those variables have no value. Is there some
> > way to submit all variables present and assigned with the submission of
> > each form? If I make the forms a seperate include file, instead of
> > having them in-line, how does this change the ways variables are passed
> > or submitted by each form? Thanks, - Tim
> > _________________________________________________________________
> If I understand what you are saying: those variables don't exist until
> you SUBMIT the form. You can demonstrate this by looping through and
> displaying your POST or GET vars at the beginning of the form and see
> what happens when you first open the page, and when it calls itself.
> And re-reading, I think what you may want is hidden fields. You want part
> one to call part 2, and retain values from part 1, etc? Echo the values
> into hidden fields in each step of the process.
> <INPUT TYPE=hidden NAME=whatever VALUE="<?php echo $whatever ?>">
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