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Form data passed to php if statement

  1. May 24, 2007 #1

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    Howdy, tonight I was playing around with trying to pass a value from a form field and use it for an "if" statement in php.
    the html:
    Code (Text):

    <TITLE>Form Test</TITLE>
    <H1>Form Test</H1>

    <form name="input" action="myscript.php" method="get">
    Enter a 1 or a 2:
    <input type="text" name="page_number_from_form">

    <input type="submit" value="Submit">

    Code (Text):


    if(isset($_GET["page_number_from_form"])) $page_number = $_GET["page_number_from_form"];

        echo 'Number One.';

    else if($page_number="2")

        echo 'Number Two.';
        echo 'No page number.';
    No matter what I type in (or don't type in) it always echos "Number One". Is there a way to pass an integer from the form field instead of text? Maybe a way to convert it?
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  3. May 24, 2007 #2


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    I don't know PHP, but it's the middle of the night, so here are two shots in the dark.

    Can you use "==" rather than "=" for your "if($page_number="1")" comparisons?

    To change type, google says there are two ways: settype() or type-casting (links have examples).

    I don't know if this will help at all, but I figured it couldn't hurt too much. :biggrin: Good lucks.

    Oh, now I think about it for a second, the first option makes sense. If "=" gets interpreted as variable assignment inside of the "if" test statement, you are setting "$page_number" to "1", which explains the behavior (to me). Anywho... bedtime.
    Last edited: May 24, 2007
  4. May 24, 2007 #3

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    ah, geez. double equals again. you'd think I would learn after making that mistake in C++ about 800 times!
    I knew it was going to be something embarrassingly simple.
    Gracias, amiga!
    And thanks for the casting links, too.
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