HOW TO: Use a Generic Collection to Parse HTTP Form Data with ASP

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This step-by-step article describes how to parse form data easily when you use Microsoft Active Server Pages (ASP) by using a generic collection instead of by explicitly defining the ASP collection for GET or POST requests.

When you use ASP to process data that is entered on a Web page through a form, two different collections are used depending on which HTTP method is specified in the form declaration:
  • GET uses the Request.QueryString collection.
  • POST uses the Request.Form collection.
This article describes how to process form data regardless of which HTTP method is used on the form.

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Create the Sample Pages

The following steps describe how to create a sample HTML page with two Web forms (one that uses the GET method and one that uses the POST method), and how to create a sample ASP page that processes the form by using either method.
  1. Save the following HTML code as Getdata.htm in the root folder of an IIS Web site:
    POST <form action="showdata.asp" method="POST">
    <input type="text" name="txtData">
    <input type="submit">
    GET <form action="showdata.asp" method="GET">
    <input type="text" name="txtData">
    <input type="submit">
  2. Save the following ASP code as Showdata.asp in the root folder of an IIS Web site:
    <% @language="vbscript" %>
       ' Declare a variable for the generic collection.
       Dim objRequest
       ' Determine the HTTP method used.
       If UCase(Request.ServerVariables("HTTP_METHOD")) = "GET" Then
          ' Use the QUERYSTRING collection with GET requests
          Set objRequest = Request.QueryString
          ' Use the FORM collection with POST requests.
          Set objRequest = Request.Form   End If
       ' Escape and output the form data. 
       Response.Write Server.HTMLEncode(objRequest("txtData"))   
When you open Getdata.htm by using HTTP (that is, by using an address such as http://localhost/getdata.htm), you may use either form to view the form results.


For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
300104 HOW TO: Pass Form Data from One Page To Another by Using GET and POST in Active Server Pages


Article ID: 254742 - Last Review: June 23, 2005 - Revision: 3.2
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