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FORMfields Lib v3.0 Features


  • Build forms that validate data and are linked to a database.
  • Build forms that send emails.
  • Automatically display formatted table and database data.
  • Password protect pages with user accounts.
  • Build dynamic menus.
  • Display errors and informational messages.


Main Features:

  • A field library with 64 fields. Implements all basic HTML input fields and then adds many more including fields for addresses, phone numbers, dates, dollar amounts, dynamic lists, etc...
  • Ability to load/write/update an entire form of data using a single function call.
  • Ability to add logic on how to validate the form and process the form when the data is valid.
  • Contains widgets like: menus, messages, sections and titles.
  • Server side error checking (instead of browser side) so you can ensure that your data is not corrupt or has been tampered with.
  • The look and feel of the forms and widgets is completely customized through CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), separating look and feel from functionality.
  • Adds a consistent and professional feel to your website.
  • Ability to create own fields by extending the field API.


  • Pure Object Oriented Programming (OOP). There is a base class for FormField and all other fields derive from FormField. Form classes contain dynamic arrays of fields. Fields and forms contain logic to display themselves, interact with a database, report errors, etc...
  • Ability to set field help, HTML located on the right side of form.
  • Ability to preview form data to ensure it is correct.
  • Ability to disable/enable individual fields or groups of fields.
  • Ability to set whether a field is editable or not.
  • Ability to hide fields in a form.
  • Ability to maintain a standard value of form field, database value, display value and HTML display value—all handled by the specific field class.
  • Ability to copy field values and field instances from another form.
  • Ability to display field boxes below the label or to the right of the label.
  • Ability to format lists of radio buttons and checkboxes into rows and columns.
  • Ability to enter other strings for drop downs and list fields.
  • Ability to set date and time ranges for date and time fields.
  • Ability to deny the uploading of specified file types.
  • Automatic renaming of uploaded files so that files with the same name don't overwrite each other.
  • Ability to add automatic form time stamping.
  • Ability to record IP address of user who submits form.
  • Automatically propagates form values even when they are not being edited.
  • Popup calendar and color chooser for quick selection of dates and colors.
  • Pre-populated lists of countries, US States, and Canadian Provinces.
  • Automatically prints HTML identifiers for each input element so that they can be referenced in CSS and JavaScript.
  • Ability to cause an enter key press to tab to the next field.


  • Ability to email form data in HTML and clear text.
  • Ability to attach files to emails.
  • Automatic attachment of files uploaded with a form's UploadField.

Dynamic Validation and Form Actions:

  • Dynamically pass around field and form validators, objects with user defined callback methods. Allows for one to encapsulate the structure and functionality of a form while remaining dynamic and versatile.
  • Dynamically pass around button action listeners for processing button clicks.

Database Features:

  • Helper functions for managing a database connection, performing queries and other standard database operations.
  • Ability to manipulate a database using arrays of data instead of just raw SQL queries, yielding a more abstract design.
  • Helper function to process a SQL script with comments.

Table Features:

  • Ability to display a database query in the form of a professionally stylized table.
  • Pagify database data: skip to a page, view all results on a single page, display number of results found.
  • Automatic query sorting based on clicking a column heading.
  • Ability to highlight a row or column or apply other CSS formatting to a row or column.
  • Ability to hide a column of data.
  • Ability to load data from an associative array for quick display as a nicely formatted HTML table.
  • Ability to format a single dimensional array of data into rows and columns.
  • Ability to break a table of data into several tables of data so that space can be maximized when a table is long and narrow.
  • Export/import table data using comma or tab delimited files.


  • Supplied with complete API documentation, created with embedded javadoc style comments.
  • Supplied with numerous tutorials and examples.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets):

  • 11 CSS templates for changing the look and feel of forms and widgets: menus, messages, sections, etc...
  • Ability to create your own CSS templates.


  • Build stylized horizontal and vertical menus powered by dynamic arrays.


  • Display error, warning, informational and question messages in a consistent format.


  • Functions for dynamically disabling and enabling fields.
  • Auto tab on phone numbers, tax ids, etc...


  • Automatic support for SSL (Secure Socket Layer), 128 bit encryption. Just use "https" instead of "http" when referencing your forms and FORMfields will take care of the rest.
  • Password protect forms with a FORMfields password. This doesn't require htaccess.

Spam Protection:

  • Ultimate protection using the ImageVerificationField, which use a dynamically generated random number code image to prevent bots from submitting your forms.
  • The SessionVerificationField provides lesser protection and is invisible to the user, but is still enough to prevent most spam attacks. This field requires that the user submitting the form maintain an active session. Most spam bots don't implement sessions.


  • Compatible with most major browsers. Tested on FireFox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Netscape.
  • Compatible with PHP 4 and later.
  • W3C XHTML 1.0 Transitional compliance.
  • W3C CSS compliance.
  • Doesn't generate notices or any other PHP errors.
  • Works with PHP safe mode enabled and fopen_enabled disabled.

Multilanguage Support:

  • Basic Multilanguage support allows one to dynamically import language files as CSV (Comma Separated Values) files and translate all text wrapped with the FfLanguageHelper.

Tracked Updates:

  • Ability to detect differences in the values of two forms.
  • Ability to enable tracked updates that keep database records of all the changes made to the values in a form and records when the data was updated and by whom it was updated.

Helper Functions:

  • Ability to load properties from a file and save properties to a file.
  • The FfListHelper formats arrays into HTML lists.
  • Routines to automatically htmlify or convert URLs and email addresses in clear text into HTML hyperlinks.
  • Automatically detects your web server's PHP path configuration.


  • Easy installation: just upload the FORMfields Lib to website and run the configuration script. Installation on most systems doesn't require you to manually modify any files.
  • GUI for configuring the FORMfields password and database account info.


  • Ability to disable all FORMfields emailing for global debugging.
  • Functions for debugging the contents of a form.
  • Global configurations file for tweaking global settings and adding your own global settings.

Source Code:

  • The FORMfields Lib consists of un-compiled PHP, CSS, JavaScript and HTML so you can easily customize the source code to your exact specifications or even integrate with other software.


FORMgen v3.0 Features


  • Create basic or complex forms using a step by step web wizard.
  • Edit fields with step by step help and previews.
  • Manipulate forms locally: load, save, rename, copy and delete all forms directly from the FORMgen web interface.
  • Form Actions: Ability to insert form data into database, display a confirmation page upon submit, go to page after submit, go to a page after cancel and display a thank you page.
  • Ability to configure 2 form email options: email to multiple addresses, to email addresses supplied in the form, provide a subject and message, send an email in HTML/clear text, include form data. For example, the 1st email configuration could send all the data from a validated form to the administrator, while the 2nd configuration could auto respond to the person who filled out the form and just provide a thank you message.
  • Generates a password protected Control Panel for each form that provides administrative access to all form submissions. Control Panel options: search, create new record, edit a record, delete a record, import records and export records.
  • Password protect Control Panels and scripts that create the database table associated with your form.
  • Password protect the FORMgen interface so that only you have access to your local forms.
  • Ability to import the fields and configurations of any form that uses the FORMfields Lib.
  • Choose a CSS template and preview your form.
  • Ability to import user defined CSS templates
  • Generate a dynamic layout or static layout if you need complete control over how your form is displayed.
  • Generates SQL and an accompanying PHP script to create a database table for storing the data submitted with your form.
  • Ability to automatically create and update the database when editing in FORMgen.
  • Automatically saves the last version of your form in the FORMfields/backup directory just in case there was an error when generating the form.
  • Sleek yet comprehensive interface.
  • FORMgen consists of un-compiled PHP, CSS, JavaScript and HTML so you can easily customize the source code to your exact specifications or even integrate with other software.
Secure v1.0 (Alpha Release)


  • Password project your files by user groups. This authentication uses browser sessions and doesn't utilize htaccess files.
  • User and group management via a web interface.
  • Personalize Secure with your logo and URL.
  • Customizable user sign up page.
  • Edit a user's profile.
  • Disable users, which results in them not being able to login.
  • Reset a user's password: resets the password to a random number and sends an email to said user with this temporary password.
  • Create, edit, delete groups and assign members to a group. Assign a start URL to a group. The start URL is the page that the user is sent to after a successful login.
  • Create custom menus for groups that are constructed with dynamic arrays.
  • Generate protection code—code that is inserted at the top of the page to ensure that the user is a member of a certain group.
  • Contact Us interface so users can use a form to receive support from the Secure Administrator.
  • Users can login, update their profiles and change their passwords.
  • Users can complete a Reset Password form by supplying their password question and answer, resulting in their password being set to a temporary password and sent to them in an email.
  • Users can complete the forgotten username form by supplying their email address and receiving an email with their username.
  • Provide the URL to a Secure protected page and after the user logs in, they will be redirected back this original URL.
  • Blast email groups of users using a refreshing page.
  • Secure consists of un-compiled PHP, CSS, JavaScript and HTML so you can easily customize the source code to your exact specifications or even integrate with other software.
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