Contact Form - More Form Elements
         by kirupa : 20 December 2004

In the previous page, I described how checkbox data can be processed and sent via e-mail. On this page I'll quickly run-through option buttons and drop-down menus.

Option (Radio) Buttons and Drop-Down Menus
The following is both the HTML and PHP code for our contact form with the code for the option buttons and drop-down menus emphasized:

<form method="POST" action="mailer.php">
<input type="text" name="name" size="19"><br>
<input type="text" name="email" size="19"><br>
<input type="checkbox" name="check[]" value="blue_color"> Blue<br>
<input type="checkbox" name="check[]" value="green_color"> Green<br>
<input type="checkbox" name="check[]" value="orange_color"> Orange<br>
<input type="radio" value="yes" name="radio"> YES<br>
<input type="radio" value="no" name="radio"> NO
<select size="1" name="drop_down">
<textarea rows="9" name="message" cols="30"></textarea><br>
<input type="submit" value="Submit" name="submit">

Not to be left behind, here is the PHP code tagging along:

if(isset($_POST['submit'])) {
$to = "[email protected]";
$subject = "Form Tutorial";
$name_field = $_POST['name'];
$email_field = $_POST['email'];
$message = $_POST['message'];
$option = $_POST['radio'];
$dropdown = $_POST['drop_down'];
foreach($_POST['check'] as $value) {
$check_msg .= "Checked: $value\n";
$body = "From: $name_field\n E-Mail: $email_field\n $check_msg Option: $option\n Drop-Down: $dropdown\n Message:\n $message\n";
echo "Data has been submitted to $to!";
mail($to, $subject, $body);
} else {
echo "blarg!";

As you can tell from the above code, the option buttons and drop-down menu behave similarly to our text field and message area form elements. The reason is that nothing fancy is going on behind the scenes.

Note the code that is colored in red in the HTML code, and find its corresponding red code in the PHP code. I highlighted the code in pink in the PHP code to simply show that I still combine these new pieces of data into our ever-expanding $body variable.

Well, that is it to this tutorial that explains how to use PHP to send form data to your e-mail account. I have provided the PHP and HTML file for you to download.

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I hope the information helped. If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to post them on the Forums. Just post your question and I, or our friendly forum helpers, will help answer it.

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