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    PHP Q:empty()/redirect/include() ?

    empty($_post['submit']) this returns what for button "submit" non pressed / pressed ?
    empty($_post['firstname']) this returns what for firstname field equals "", " ", (novalue-and press submit) ?
    May use and isset() rather than empty() above, is the same ?
    how in php I redirect user to a specific page eg. retrieve.php ?
    How include files in html/xhtml and how on javascript just like
    php's include("file.html"); ?

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    isset is not exactly related to empty.
    Isset is used to determine the existence of a variable, while empty is used to evaluate what that data includes.
    Empty is a boolean result set, so it will return either true or false, and since php is a loosely typecasted language, false == 0 and true != false.

    In your examples:
    empty($_POST['submit']) on a correct submit returns false
    empty($_POST['submit']) on a non-posted form returns true

    empty($_POST['firstName']) on a value of "" returns true
    empty($_POST['firstName']) on a value of " " returns false
    on a side note, the value "0" as a string is also considered empty.

    Isset is my recommendation for forms, and error checking is handled with empty and trim values.
    PHP Code:
    if (isset($_POST['firstName']))

    $_POST['firstName'] = trim($_POST['firstName']);
        if (empty(
    'The value is empty, please enter the data.';

    For example. As I mentioned, special cases need to be done for numbers, as "0" in a string is empty, and I have no idea why they decided to program that way.

    PHP redirects are done by adding headers to the request:
    header('Location: newpage.php');

    HTML and Javascript are not really equipped to handle includes on their own (i'm not an HTML specialist, but from my experience). You need to use a server side language to get the data you require. AJAX is a semi-inclusion method, but still relies on both a client and server process to initiate it.
    PHP Code:
    header('HTTP/1.1 420 Enhance Your Calm'); 
    Been gone for a few months, and haven't programmed in that long of a time. Meh, I'll wing it ;)


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