useless unless some kind of processing takes place after the
form is submitted. The
attribute is used to inform the browser what page (or script) to call once
"submit" button is pressed.
actionattribute tells the browser to send the
formdata to a form-handling PHP page (which will presumably convert the form data to something more email-friendly):
<form action="form-to-email.php" method="post" accept-charset="windows-1252"> <div> <label for="txtname">Name:</label> <input type="text" name="txtname" id="txtname"/> </div> ⋮ </form>
This element takes as its value a URL to a document that may be on the same server (for example, a shared CGI folder that has various form-processing scripts), or even a page or script on an entirely separate server (perhaps a free form-handling service).
It causes no compatibility issues, and has excellent support across all tested browsers.
addition to allowing a URL value, some browsers will understand a
mailto: URL, which will open the email client on the
user’s computer and generate a new message, but this isn’t a particularly
slick way of managing
form data. It’s a much better
approach to use server-side processing to ensure consistent behavior