I thinq I did it that way because I wanted the form to accept "0" for the border width && cell padding but not for any of the other fields. If the form is submitted with a "0" in the fields seeded w/ "|| xxxx", it'll get the default value but I used the "unless defined" construct in order to avoid overriding a valid "0" value from the form. I'm sure I'm describing this way too verbosely here. I hope it makes sense.
There's surely a better way I'm not aware of to handle these conditions in the code too. I really should've used the "here document" method for printing all that stuff to. Thanks for the suggestion OeufMayo
! I'll try to remember that next time =). Shalom.