Write forms values to external file, then execute a program?

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Subject: Write forms values to external file, then execute a program?
Posted by:  john (jsuebers…@gmail.com)
Date: 23 Sep 2006

I'm trying to develop fast, simple, html-based front ends
for some Windows application programs.  My idea:

1.  Use html forms to let users supply run parameters (title,
    run options, etc.)

2.  When the user presses a submit button:

    a.  The selected options for all the form fields are
        written to an external file (e.g., c:\project\input.txt)

    b.  The application program, say, prog.exe, is executed.
        This program then reads the run parameters from the file
        input.txt and proceeds.

Here are examples of the kinds of forms I might use:

<html>

<form>
  Run title:
  <input type="text" name="run_title">
</form>

<form>
  Method:
  <select name="run_method">
      <option value="1">1</option>
      <option value="2">2</option>
      <option value="3">3</option>
  </select>
</form>

</html>

Is it possible to do steps 2a and 2b above?  If so, does it
require only html code, or do I need javascript or something
similar?

As is probably obvious, I'm just an application programmer,
and a newbie when it comes to html etc.

Thanks in advance!

--
John Uebersax

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