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PHP Build a Simple PHP Application Integrating with PayPal HTML Forms

Brian Platt
Brian Platt
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Help accessing the form elements with the $_POST array

Hey guys, I need to access the form elements through the $_POST array but all I have is this which isn't passing. <form action="process.php" method =$_POST ["flavor"]> Could someone guide me where I am wrong on that? Also, is there a synopsis of 'form action' and 'method'? I feel a bit lost. Thanks! Brian

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Ye Olde Ice Cream Shoppe</title>

    <p>Your order has been created. What flavor of ice cream would you like to add to it?</p>

    <form action="process.php" method =$_POST ["flavor"]>

        <label for="flavor">Flavor</label>
        <select id="flavor">
            <option value="">&#8212; Select &#8212;</option>
            <option value="Vanilla">Vanilla</option>
            <option value="Chocolate">Chocolate</option>
            <option value="Strawberry">Strawberry</option>
            <option value="Cookie Dough">Cookie Dough</option>

        <input type="submit" value="Update Order">



1 Answer


If you remember the lesson, you access the $_POST variables on the script that the form sends the information to (aka the process.php file). On the form script you are referencing you set the method to either post or get. Hope this helps.