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How can I get response from an XHTML form to a JavaScript file. This JavaScript is internal!
Sergey Alexandrovich Kryukov 20-Oct-11 12:00pm
What does it mean: "to a JavaScript file"? "JavaScript is internal"? Does "internal" mean "embedded in HTML"? -- which does not matter.

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The question is very inaccurate (please see my comment to it above), so don't blame me if I answer wrong question.

I assumed that you simply need to process form data by some JavaScript code embedded in XHTML. I also assumed you use client-side JavaScript as server-side JavaScript is not used often these days. Indeed, there could be some problems (please see below). First thing to understand: if you need just client-side JavaScript processing, you don't need form, which is also needed to send HTTP request to the server. You actually don't even need a server for development, not even a local server, no servers at all anywhere. You can deploy the result of your development to a server machine later, when and if this is needed.

So, if my assumptions are correct, read the above code sample. Basically, this is all you need to know:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"

<html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en">
		<title>JavaScript in XHTML sample</title>
		<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
		<script type="text/javascript"><![CDATA[
			function submitHandler() {
				var div = document.getElementById("placeholder");
				var checkbox = document.getElementById("checkbox");
				var textarea = document.getElementById("textarea");
				var text =  document.getElementById("text");
				var select =  document.getElementById("select");
				div.innerHTML = "<br/><hr/>" + 
					"Check box checked: <b>" + checkbox.checked + "</b><br />" +
					"Text area value: <b>" + textarea.value + "</b><br />" +
					"Text box value: <b>" + text.value + "</b><br />" +
					"Selected make: <b>" + select.value + "</b><br />";

<input type="checkbox" id="checkbox"/>Check box<br/>
<textarea placeholder="Type some message here..." id="textarea" /><br/>
<input type="text" placeholder="Type one line..." id="text" /><br/>
<select id="select">
  <option value="Volvo">Volvo</option>
  <option value="Toyota">Toyota</option>
  <option value="Honda" selected="true">Honda</option>
  <option value="Nissan">Nissan</option>
  <option value="Saab">Saab</option>
  <option value="Mercedes">Mercedes</option>
  <option value="Audi">Audi</option>
<button onclick="javascript:submitHandler()" accesskey="S"><u>S</u>ubmit</button>

<div id="placeholder" />


Pay attention: Unlike "plain" HTML, XHTML requires CDATA section to sandwich JavaScript code, to prevent XML parsing of it. "Plain" HTML would rather need <!-- ... --> (comment) brackets. Also, XML is case-sensitive, and XHTML attributes are all low-case. These differences creates problems in attempt to process HTML code as XHTML — it may be failed or render the code defunct.


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