ice6200 has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Well I was fooling around with TellMe and I came across a problem. I was writing a vxml form for a cgi script which lists homework for my school (taken from the 'homework board'). The thing I can't figure out is how to get like natural input from the user, such as plaintext without having to use grammar or nomatch or anything like that. What I need is the teacher's last name to look up, and I can't really figure out how to implement an input like this on a form. Please help fellow monks!