Re: Passing info between pages

Rob Earhart (earhart+@CMU.EDU)
Mon, 10 Jan 1994 01:06:17 -0500 (EST) writes:
> I'm looking for guidance on a way of passing information
> between pages (specifically forms).
> There are many application in which may want to pass "state"
> information between pages. For instance (based on an app
> someone's written here) I may want to select a database
> from an initial form and be able to bring up a generic
> page that allows you to search on that particular database.
> How do I pass information to this "generic" page?

I'm not sure why you couldn't use an "almost" generic page: your
server hands the user the database-selection page, user selects a
database, and your server replies with a form page for the lookup in
which the <form action> field has been frobbed as needed so that when
the user completes the form, what they hand back to you embeds the name
of the database being selected. Does this page-rewriting really seem

Otherwise, I don't see how you could do it; WWW being a stateless
protocol, they can hand you a query resulting from the completion of
the form in that "generic" page at any time, with nothing to determine
which database they're expecting to perform a lookup on...