FormMail Redirection

I am having trouble using the redirect function of the Form Mail cgi.

If i set the value of the hidden form element “redirect” manually in the HTML eg. value=“” then everything works fine.
However i need to modify that value via javascript.

i use an onclick event on a radio button to set the value to my desired URL.


debugging proves that the variable gets set properly but somehow the CGI does not recognize the new value OR the default value once it has been changed. The result after form submission is the same as if no redirection was used and i get a formail report page.

Is there something i am doing wrong?


Works for me. I made a testcase at

One thing that comes to mind is if you are making the form elements dynamically. You have to make sure the elements are being tied to the form that is being submitted. This means the control elements must be children of the form element, and the form element should be a child of the body element. Some people forget that when creating dynamic forms and then wonder why the data is not being submitted. It’s easy enough to do this using the W3C DOM specification, however on some browsers the non-standard innerHTML property fails to do this. I don’t think this is the case in your situation because if it were you’d probably getting “document.Register.redirect has no properties” error messages.

If you are still having problems, please try to post a more complete example of your code.

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Here is my code in it’s entirety.
I have only one idea… perhaps my values are formatted incorrectly.
the button at the top of the page tests the form and proves that the value is being set… i believe it is the formmail cgi that is not handling the data correctly. You think it could be because of the & characters and such in the link?
If so perhaps the cgi is reading the url wrong or defaulting back to a regular report page because of it.


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Full Name:

(eg. Dr. John H. Smith Jr.)

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Choose Male Female
T-shirt Size:
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(T-shirts will be given to the first 200 paid registrants.)
Age on 3/20/04:
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Must be the formmail script, as I plugged your code into and the redirect value is being submitted.

Is the recipient field being set correctly? It doesn’t appear to be an e-mail address though perhaps you munged it for posting here.

Also, why is enctype set to “Default” ? Here is the HTML 4.01 specification:

[quote]enctype = content-type [CI]
This attribute specifies the content type used to submit the form to the server (when the value of method is “post”). The default value for this attribute is “application/x-www-form-urlencoded”. The value “multipart/form-data” should be used in combination with the INPUT element, type=“file”.[/quote]
Change enctype=“Default” to enctype=“application/x-www-form-urlencoded” (or leave it out altogether)

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If you’re going to post a really big section of code like this, try to post a link to it rather than posting the code directly into the forum.

If you name the file 'blah.html.txt", I think it’ll show up as text.