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Re: Which HTML form builder

by jonadab (Parson)
on Jan 26, 2008 at 00:54 UTC ( #664405=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Which HTML form builder

I really don't get why people want a module for this. Maybe you can explain it to me...

See, here's my thinking: with Perl's wealth of good quoting constructs (I tend to use qq myself, but some people prefer heredocs, whatever), constructing nice, clean, maintainable, wellformed, nicely indented, human-readable HTML is... very, very easy. Propagating the form elements with default values (taken, if desired, from form input) is very easy. A module to do this is, to my way of thinking, a solution in search of a problem. Indeed, it actually makes your job harder, because learning the XHTML needed to build forms is about five times easier than learning the interface to a module you've not used before, even if the module has a very nice clean easy-to-use interface (and many don't).

Maybe you can explain your perspective to me: what is it about constructing HTML forms that makes you say, "Man, I wish I had a module for that"?

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