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Old February 24th, 2012, 08:07 PM
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I am looking at using XMLHttpRequest with a POST request. The example on page 709 works for a form, but what if I have what I want to POST in a JavaScript string variable already?

Essentially I am looking for an elegant way to transfer a string from browser JavaScript to a LAMP server. I have done it with code that creates a form and then posts the form but that seems rather a crude approach.

(Enjoying the book by the way.)
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AFAIK all you need to do is construct a query string using names & values, pass it to send(), i.e.
that way, you're simulating how the form variables are passed to the server.
xhr.send("user=john&[email protected]");
where 'user' and 'email' take the place of form field names, and 'john' and '[email protected]' their respective values.

In general, to be safe, you need to call encodeURIComponent() for each arg name and value, as in the serialize() function on pages 540 - 541



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