Display error messages on the client entry
Use session variables to pass back the submitted fields to the
<form>generation script, saving the user rekeying all the data to correct the errors
Improving the Client Entry <form>
The client entry
<form>, generated by the script shown in Example 6-7, collects client fields to either create a new client or edit the details of an existing client. The script shown in Example 6-8 performs the server-side validation of the client
<form> data, and updates or inserts a row in the customer table if there are no errors.
If the validation fails, the script shown in Example 6-8 generates a page to display the errors to the user, and the user then follows a hypertext link back to the client entry
<form> to reenter the fields. The solution provided by Example 6-7 and Example 6-8 suffers three problems:
The user is forced to reenter the entire client entry
<form>from scratch when an error is encountered during validation
The errors that are encountered during validation are displayed by Example 6-8 and not the entry
<form>where they would be useful
The error page generated by Example 6-8 isn't safe from the reload problem described in Chapter 6
In this section we develop the scripts to make use of session variables to solve these problems. Rather than displaying the error messages on a page generated by the validation script, we make the necessary changes to display the errors in red above the appropriate fields on the client entry
<form>, as shown in Figure 8-2.
Figure 8-2. Client entry <form> showing error messages placed above the appropriate fields
Both the script that generates the client entry
<form> and the script that validates the data need to be modified to use sessions and the session variables. Because the validation script processes the fields collected in the client
<form> and generates any associated errors, we look at the changes required for that script first.