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Author: Mirza Hatipovic

Let’s review the advantages of the poll system:

1. the number of possible answers is NOT fixed, this means you can choose your question and place only 2 or 3 answers to this questions. It’s also possible to place only one answer (good idea!) or only the question (even better!).

2. The poll system is a separate swf file that appears in a pop-up window.

The disadvantages of the system are:

1. The PHP code is large, I haven’t found a more elegant way to code it in PHP, you can change the code if you think that there is a better approach to achive the same result.

2. It uses the native PHP session management (using cookies), so users with disabled cookies (up to 20%) will be able to manipulate your poll submitting over and over again.

The poll system works ideally with a template system like FastTemplate or EasyTemplate, but if you aren’t proficient in using templates, no matter, we will use a simple example without using templates. With templates, it's easier to separate your html layout from the code. Take a closer look a the template file of the index page of my website.






	

	

	

	
	

       hello…


    
    



’banner’

{poll_html}...

As you can guess, you can place the placeholder for the poll ({poll_html}) anywhere on the page, the template system does the rest. But in our example we will not work with templates, we will use the standard approach: “mixing” html and php together. Now, we’re finally ready to start developing the poll system.

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Added: 2003-07-21
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Mirza Hatipovic is freelance developer based in Bosnia and Hercegovina. He uses Flash MX, PHP, XML amd Coldfusion to create dynamic web content.
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