Trying to display a div using PHP

Good evening,

I’m trying to display a div containing a form using PHP. I’m not using JavaScript because my teacher has told me to use PHP instead. I have two buttons and I’m using isset to determine which one is clicked. The functions execute and echo the correct identifying text, (“This is form X”), but the actual forms don’t display.

Initially, in CSS, the forms are displayed like so:

.parent .copyarea #formHELP {
    display: none;

.parent .copyarea #formFEEDBACK {
    display: none;


In HTML, they are the same. Class parent. Class copyarea. ID formFEEDBACK and formHELP.

In PHP, this is the function I’m using:

         echo "<h1> Hello PHP. </h1>";
         if(isset($_GET['formHELPbutton'])) { 
             echo "Hello Form Help."; 
             echo "<div id='formHELP' style='display: block'>";
         if(isset($_GET['formFEEDBACKbutton'])) { 
             echo "Hello Form Feedback."; 
             echo "<div id='formFEEDBACK' style='display: block'>";

And like I mentioned, I"m getting the “Hello Form X”, so the function is working, but my echo div line is off somehow.

Please advise?

Thank you!

Hey Mark,

Well, this is wrong in so many ways (not you, the exercise), but let’s play ball.

You’re not echoing anything with that second line.

<div id='formHELP' style='display: block'> will never show anything. You’re only opening a div block, which should be closed (</div>) and contain content.

This would work:

if(isset($_GET['formHELPbutton'])) { 
  echo 'Hello Form Help.'; 
  echo '
  <div id="formHELP" style="display: block">

Hope this helps!


I think the professor is trying to get us to use various ways of doing things. This was previously in JavaScript and worked fine for me, so now he’s trying to get us to do it with PHP.

And it’s awesome to see another Nightwish fan. :slight_smile:

I put this in my echo statement. It displays nothing; like it’s not even there:

echo ' 
            <div id="formHELP">
                    <h1>Help Request Form</h1>
                        <form name="formHELP" action="" onsubmit="return validateHELPForm()" method="post">
                        <p>Please take a moment to fill out and submit this help form. <br /></p>
                            <label for="FromAddressH">*Enter your email (required).</label>
                            <input type="text" id="FromAddressH" name="FromAddressH" minlength="5" maxlength="40" size="30"><br /><br />
                            <label for="telnumberH">Enter your telephone number.</label>
                            <input type="text" id="telnumberH" name="telnumberH" minlength="10" maxlength="20" size="30"><br /><br />
                            <label for="firstnameH">*Enter your first name (required).</label>
                            <input type="text" id="firstnameH" name="firstnameH" minlength="2" maxlength="20" size="20"><br /><br />
                            <label for="lastnameH">*Enter your last name (required).</label>
                            <input type="text" id="lastnameH" name="lastnameH" minlength="2" maxlength="30" size="30"><br /><br />
                            Your Mailing Address:
                            <br /><br />
                            <label for="streetH">Enter your street.</label>
                            <input type="text" id="streetH" name="streetH" minlength="2" maxlength="50" size="50"><br /><br />
                            <label for="cityH">Enter your city.</label>
                            <input type="text" id="cityH" name="cityH" minlength="2" maxlength="50" size="50"><br /><br />
                            <label for="stateH">Enter your state.</label>
                            <select id="stateH" name="stateH">
                                <option value="AL">AL</option>
                                <option value="AK">AK</option>
                                <option value="AR">AR</option>
                                <option value="AS">AS</option>
                                <option value="AZ">AZ</option>
                                <option value="CA">CA</option>
                                <option value="CO">CO</option>
                                <option value="CT">CT</option>
                                <option value="DC">DC</option>
                                <option value="DE">DE</option>
                                <option value="FL">FL</option>
                                <option value="GA">GA</option>
                                <option value="GU">GU</option>
                                <option value="HI">HI</option>
                                <option value="IA">IA</option>
                                <option value="ID">ID</option>
                                <option value="IL">IL</option>
                                <option value="IN">IN</option>
                                <option value="KS">KS</option>
                                <option value="KY">KY</option>
                                <option value="LA">LA</option>
                                <option value="MA">MA</option>
                                <option value="MD">MD</option>
                                <option value="ME">ME</option>
                                <option value="MI">MI</option>
                                <option value="MN">MN</option>
                                <option value="MO">MO</option>
                                <option value="MP">MP</option>
                                <option value="MS">MS</option>
                                <option value="MT">MT</option>
                                <option value="NC">NC</option>
                                <option value="NE">NE</option>
                                <option value="NH">NH</option>
                                <option value="NJ">NJ</option>
                                <option value="NM">NM</option>
                                <option value="NV">NV</option>
                                <option value="NY">NY</option>
                                <option value="ND">ND</option>
                                <option value="OH">OH</option>
                                <option value="OK">OK</option>
                                <option value="OR">OR</option>
                                <option value="PA">PA</option>
                                <option value="PR">PR</option>
                                <option value="RI">RI</option>
                                <option value="SC">SC</option>
                                <option value="SD">SD</option>
                                <option value="TN">TN</option>
                                <option value="TX">TX</option>
                                <option value="UT">UT</option>
                                <option value="UM">UM</option>
                                <option value="VT">VT</option>
                                <option value="VA">VA</option>
                                <option value="VI">VI</option>
                                <option value="WA">WA</option>
                                <option value="WI">WI</option>
                                <option value="WV">WV</option>
                                <option value="WY">WY</option>
                            </select> <br /> <br />
                            <label for="postcodeH">Enter your postal code.</label>
                            Postal Code:&nbsp;&nbsp;
                            <input type="text" id="postcodeH" name="postcodeH" minlength="2" maxlength="10" size="10"><br /><br />
                            <label for="countryH">Enter your country code.</label>
                            Country Code:&nbsp;&nbsp;
                            <input type="text" id="countryH" name="countryH" minlength="2" maxlength="3" size="3"><br /><br />

                            <label for="helpH">*Please tell me what you require help with (required):</label>
                            <textarea name="helpH" id="helpH" rows="10" cols="80"></textarea> <br /> <br />

                            <br /> <br />

                                   <div class="form-group options">
                                       How would you like to be contacted? (Both boxes can be checked) :
                                       <label for="contactphoneH">Phone</label>
                                       <input type="checkbox" id="contactphoneH" name="contactphoneH">
                                       <label for="contactemailH"> Email</label>
                                       <input type="checkbox" id="contactemailH" name="contactemailH">

                            <br /> <br />

                            <input type="hidden" name="ToAddress" value="" />  <!-- TODO Change to when final version published. -->
                            <input type="hidden" name="CCAddress" value="" />
                            <input type="hidden" name="Subject" value="WSD: Module 3 Assignment - Web Form for Mark Holley" />
                            <button type="submit" value="SubmitH">Submit</button>
                            <button type="reset" value="ResetH">Reset</button>
                            <br /> <br />



Don’t forget to display block if your css still says to display none :wink:


Thank you so much. :slight_smile:

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