[pmwiki-users] Help with form

Ian MacGregor ardchoille42 at me.com
Wed Oct 2 08:30:40 CDT 2013

I use some of Hans's recipes and they're wonderful, very talented he is.

The reason behind my request is that I'd like to learn how to do this myself using as few recipes as possible - I don't learn much with recipes. If I need a specialized form later I'd like to be able to "code it out". 

Rev. Ian MacGregor

> On Oct 2, 2013, at 6:21 AM, Tamara Temple <tamouse.lists at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Oct 1, 2013, at 7:49 PM, Ian MacGregor <ardchoille42 at me.com> wrote:
>> I've never been good with forms so I'm hoping someone can offer some assistance.
>> I have a page which I use as a daily journal. This page contains entries in the following form:
>> [[#mmmYYYYDD]]
>> !!!$title
>> %stimestamp%MMMM DD, YYYY at HH:MM AM/PM%%[[<<]]
>> $entry
>> [[#endmmmYYYYDD]]
>> Explanation:
>> Line 1: beginning anchor in the form "jan201321"
>> Line 2: The title of the entry such as "Went shopping today"
>> Line 3: Timestamp in the form "January 21, 2013 at 12:00 PM" (timestamp is already defined in a groupheader)
>> Line 4: The body of the entry such as "Today I went shopping and saw an old friend.."
>> Line 5: End anchor in the form "jan201321"
>> I would like to create a form at the top of that page that will allow me to post an entry to the page without having to memorize all of the syntax. I read http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/PmWiki/Forms but it's all a bit overwhelming. I know I need the following:
>> (:input form:)
>> (:input hidden name=n value={$FullName}:)
>> (:input for beginning anchor?:)
>> (:input for $title?:)
>> (:input for timestamp?:)  (separate text boxes for date and time and AM/PM?) (date picker?)
>> (:input for text body?:)
>> (:input for end anchor?:)
>> How to get the form to post to the page?
>> (:input end:)
>> Can someone help me build this form? How do I specify markup syntax? How do I specify to which page to add the post? I'm not sure if I need specific cookbook recipes. I know there is commentboxplus but I would like to learn how to build this form to help me understand how forms work. I have a feeling I'll also learn how to create a nice looking date picker :)
>> Regards,
>> Rev. Ian MacGregor
> Dear Ian,
> I don't have time to delve into this right now with you, but I would suggest you take a peak at the Fox form stuff Hans has put together. I am pretty sure he's got some examples that show just what you want (well, maybe with a bit of tweaking)…
> http://www.pmwiki.org/wiki/Cookbook/Fox
> http://softflow.co.uk/design/FoxDocumentation/FoxDocumentation
> best of luck with it,
> Tamara
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