in reply to WWW::Mechanize, radio buttons, and clicking a named button

Hi All,

I have updated the original post to cut out the inlined dumper structure and replaced it with a link to the structure on a website. I had originally encapsulated it in 'code' tags, but since it was too long, the closing tag was cut off, leaving the ugly thing you saw in my original post. And, I wasn't aware of the 'readmore' tags, but i'll figure out how to use those now, though i doubt they would have helped for this example, as the whole thing still would have been truncated and dropped off the closing tags.

Please, if this is a bit easier to read now, consider helping me. I will continue to look for an example that would be smaller, but I am at the mercy of what I can trim down from the page I am trying to scrape.

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Re^2: WWW::Mechanize, radio buttons, and clicking a named button
by Kanji (Parson) on May 04, 2006 at 19:49 UTC

    While <readmore> tags are helpful, I think you would have seen more response if you had provided the minimalist test case as that makes it much easier to separate the wheat from the chaff.

    It also isn't as difficult as you seem to think: make a copy of the problem page (or code) and start hacking away bits of the copy.

    For the HTML you posted, that would have resulted in something like...

    <form name="lmSelect" method="post"> <input type=button value="Delete Load Manager" name=delService title="Delete a Load Manager from the SLA."> </form>

    It really limits where the problem might be when you only have 3 lines of HTML returning the same error as the 371-line page you pointed people to. :-)

    Anyhoo, your problem:-

    WWW::Mechanize (well, HTML::Form actually) only supports "submit" and "image" type buttons for clicking, and not the "button" type buttons that are used on your form.

    The reason for this is "button" type buttons are meant for use with JavaScipt or some other client-side scripting, which WWW::Mechanize doesn't support.

    Fortunately, there's an easy workaround, which you can find details and examples of by Super Searching for "update_html".