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    multi submit form href links/buttons


    Ok, I have a form which is displaying client confirmation information. I have two buttons; one to accept, and the other to decline.

    When using traditional buttons, I can just include a "name", and have my php do the rest.

    For example:
    <input type="submit" name="accept" value="Accept">
    <input type="submit" name="decline" value="Decline">
    The problem I'm having is that I don't want to use a button. I want to use a href hyperlink. So naturally I tried to do it like this:

    <a name="accept" href="javascript:confirmForm.submit()"> Accept </a>
    <a name="decline" href="javascript:confirmForm.submit()">Decline</a>
    But it's just not working. How can I send that "name" variable into my submit function so that my action php file can pick it up?

    I hope that makes sense, and that this thread is in the correct place.



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    Use a hidden field:
    HTML Code:
    <input type='hidden' name='dothis'>
    <a href="javascript:document.confirmForm.dothis.value='a'; document.confirmForm.submit()"> Accept </a>
    <a href="javascript:document.confirmForm.dothis.value='d'; document.confirmForm.submit()">Decline</a>
    There are some other examples here:
    Switch the action field in an HTML form

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    Hey, thanks for that.

    I found two different solutions in the end. I'll explain what I did just in case someone else has the same issues in the future.

    If I wanted to used the $_GET method I would do this:

    I'd create two href's like so:
    <a href="javascript:submitForm('accept')">Accept</a>
    <a href="javascript:submitForm('decline')">Decline</a>
    This calls a function called "submitForm", with a value passed into it. The function looks something like this:

    function submitForm(action) {
    	if (action == 'accept'){
    		document.confirmForm.action = "sendemail.php?emailcmd=accept";	
    	} else {
    		document.confirmForm.action = "sendemail.php?emailcmd=decline";	
    All this function is doing, is adjusting the action of the form. The problem is you have to hardcode the parameters into the url.

    So I came up with a $_POST method too:

    Like prasanthmj suggested, I used a hidden field. My method here is probably more complicated than it needs to be, but I figured I'd share the tail anyway.

    So next, I added the hidden field anywhere within the form (my form name was "confirmForm"):

    <input type="hidden" name="emailcmd">
    Then I put the href's in. The href's I added are the same as shown above. It's the submitForm that was a little different:

    function submitForm(action) {
        	document.confirmForm.emailcmd.value = action;
    This changed the hidden fields value to the appropriate button.

    And that done the trick.

    I've only started learning javascript last week, and php yesterday. Something I found quite frustrating as a beginner was that I could find solutions easily, but just didn't know how to actually use the solution. So to my fellow noobs this is what I did in the php action file:

    // This gets the "emailcmd" parameter from the url.
    if (isset($_GET['emailcmd'])) {
    	$emailcmd = $_GET['emailcmd'];
    // This gets the "emailcmd" parameter from the forms post.
    if (isset($_POST['emailcmd'])) {
    	$emailcmd = $_POST['emailcmd'];

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