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Placing a Textarea to Accept Freeform Text Entry

Sometimes, you want to be able to accept multiple words or even paragraphs of text from a visitor, such as customer comments or suggestions. For this type of information gathering, a textarea is perfect. To insert a textarea into your form:

  1. In the cell to the right of Comments, insert a textarea by clicking the Textarea button on the Insert bar.

  2. To give the textarea a name, type comments in the field under Textarea on the Property inspector.

  3. Figure 7Figure 7 Give a name to a textarea via the Property inspector.

For a working site, the next steps would be to add a submit button, which enables visitors can send their information to you, and a reset button, which gives them a way to start over again if they gave incorrect information. Finally, you would use add the functionality to transfer and process the information visitors supply through these form objects.

If you would like to read more about adding form elements to your page and get the DWMagic Mailer extension that makes processing them easy, see Project 8 of "Dreamweaver X Magic" (New Riders Publishing, 2003). The book also contains 11 other projects by Dreamweaver experts who are pushing the limits of what the program can do.

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