ot: lynx friendly survey sites?

Tom Masterson kd7cyu at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 11 18:53:48 UTC 2008

Many survey sites/systems will use javascript because it is easier and 
faster to do input verification that way.  You can do it without sending 
info back to the server and don't need to track everything and serve up a 
new/modified page if there are errors or missed info that is required. 
You can also avoid having to make your customer refill in everything with 
some quick checks.  That is why a form that you would think is just html 
form fileds would use javascript.  In fact almost all forms are just html 
form fields modified by javascript for verification.

I have done the same thing and then put something on the back end that 
also verified the input for those with out javascript but my server side 
check does not always refill in the fields so if you don't have javascript 
you start over with a blank form (and something that tells you what you 
missed the first time).  I know sloppy but when you have to write it in a 


On Fri, 11 Jan 2008, Tim Chase wrote:

>> One of the companies is
>> http://surveymonkey.com
> I've tried to use surveymonkey.com with Lynx (and Dillo) and have
> had trouble with it requiring JavaScript.  I find that odd given
> that it seems to just be basic HTML form-filling...nothing that
> couldn't be duplicated server-side.
> Depending on the nature of your need (a 3rd-party hosted survey
> vs. an in-house hosted survey), there are several PHP/Python/Perl
> scripts that allow you to host your own survey for free and
> adjust them to meet your needs.  A couple that come to mind:
> PHP Survey software:
>  PHP-Surveyor: http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpsurveyor/
>  which became
>  Lime Survey:  http://www.limesurvey.org/
>  UCCASS:  http://sourceforge.net/projects/uccass/
>  and this which I found but isn't free software
>  http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/73590.html
> Python:
>  writing one from scratch in Django would be pretty easy
>  http://djangoproject.com
> Perl
>  http://www.freeperlcode.com/guide/Survey_and_Voting/
> Hope this gives you some alternatives to consider.
> -tim
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