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The html-form library is intended to construct HTML form descriptions in an s-expression syntax that are then passed to an HTML generation routine.

Library procedures

html-form:: SPEC -> SXML

This is the only exported routine in this egg. Given a form specification, returns an SXML document containing an HTML form. SPEC is an s-expression with the following grammar:

 SPEC = (form-group NAME [(label LABEL)] (children ...) ) 
        | WIDGET
 WIDGET =     (checkbox NAME DFLT [(label LABEL)] [(rel REL)] ) 
       (textarea NAME DFLT (rows N) (cols N) [(label LABEL)] [(rel REL)] ) 
       (select   NAME DFLT [(label LABEL)] [(rel REL)] ) 
       (button   NAME DFLT [(label LABEL)] [(rel REL)] [(onclick STRING)] )
       (radio    NAME DFLT [(label LABEL)] [(rel REL)] ( (RNAME ROPTS) ... ) )
              (text     NAME DFLT [(label LABEL)] [(rel REL)] )

NAME, LABEL and REL are symbols or strings. DFLT is the default value of an input, or a list of values in the case of textarea and select.


(use html-form)
(define Country-List
   "American Samoa"
(define form-variables
   (form-group Personal-Data (label "Personal Data")
	 (First-Name         ""  (label "First Name * "))
	 (Last-Name          ""  (label "Last Name * "))
	 (email              ""  (label "Email address * "))
	 (Nationality        ""  (label "Nationality *")
			     (select ,Country-List))
	 (Birth-Year         ""
			     (label "Year of birth *")
			     (select ,(list-tabulate 50 (lambda (i) (number->string (+ 1940 i))))))
	 (Gender             "" 
			     (label "Gender *")
			     (select ("Female" "Male")))
   (form-group   Education (label "Education & professional background")
	   (Degree     "" (label "Last degree obtained ")
			     ("Bachelor of Science"
			      "Master of Science"
			      "Current undergraduate student")))
	   (Major      "" (label "Academic major ")
			     ("Artificial Intelligence"
	   (Degree-Other ""   (label "Degree obtained if other "))
	   (Education-History ""  
			      (label "Education history")
			      (hint "Please list year, institution, and highest degree obtained. ")
			      (textarea (rows 10) (cols 60)))


Ivan Raikov


Initial version


Copyright 2008 Ivan Raikov and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.

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