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Chapter 2. Programming with PHP > Handling an HTML Form

Handling an HTML Form

Now that the HTML form has been created, it’s time to write a bare-bones PHP script to handle it. To say that this script will be handling the form means that the PHP page will do something with the data it receives (which is the data the user entered into the form). In this chapter, the scripts will simply print the data back to the Web browser. In later examples, form data will be stored in a MySQL database, compared against previously stored values, sent in emails, and more.

The beauty of PHP—and what makes it so easy to learn and use—is how well it interacts with HTML forms. PHP scripts store the received information in special variables. For example, say you have a form with an input defined like so:


  

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