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CGI form validation on submit
I think you need to be a little clearer on the whole client-server communication thing. Basically, the deal is something like this.
- Your browser requests something (say, a CGI script) from a server.
- The server runs the requested script, and sends your browser the output - usually, a bunch of HTML / images etc. - stuff your browser knows how to render.
- If the HTML contains a form, the values entered are sent back to the server as a new request when the form is submitted. The server can examine this request and take appropriate action
Hopefully you can see from this model that your CGI script runs *on the server*, not the client. The client simply receives the output, renders it, optionally uses client-side-scipting to process it (document.write, onSubmit etc.) and sends it back.
As an aside, you should never *rely* on client-side scripting to validate a form. Having it as an extra check before submission is fine, but the server script should do this also to cater for those who don't run JS / hand craft forms / hack your HTML. Many many JS shopping cart systems have learnt this to their cost :)
Hope this helps, Ben.