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SForm Documentation

What is SForm? - The SForm System is a form handling system to work with SSL (secure) enabled web servers. It provides greater security than the VForm, for forms containing "sensitive information" like credit card information, personal data, etc.

A transaction with an SSL enabled web server is encrypted so that the data sent through your form is protected from interception. In a typical form handling system, this data is electronically mailed to the form owner after the web server receives it. Since the email is not encrypted, this presents some risk that the data will be compromised. The SForm takes steps to help prevent this and increase the security of the submitted information.

When a form is submitted using the SForm, the data is stored on our server, and only you can access this information through your web browser. This further protects it the data because it is never transmitted over an insecure network connection.

Instructions For Use
Setting up your HTML form...

To use the SForm to set up a more secure way of receiving information from people via a HTML form, do the following:

1.Create an HTML Form containing the following FORM line. NOTE: Don't forget the "s" on the "https".
<form method="POST" action="">
2.Add the following "Hidden" variables to your HTML Form.
<input type="HIDDEN" name="username" value="YOUR-USERNAME">
<input type="HIDDEN" name="id" value="FORM-ID">
<input type="HIDDEN" name="redirect" value="NEXT-PAGE">
Where: YOUR-USERNAME is your PINC userid, NOTE: this must be in lower case! e.g, "cmaclean"

FORM-ID is a unique ID for your form. This is useful if you have more than one form. This must be a string with no spaces in it. e.g., "book-order"

NEXT-PAGE is a URL that will be displayed after someone presses the submit button on your form page. Typically this page will say thank you for submitting the form, with a pointer back to your home page. e.g., ""

3.Add the rest of the variables and content to your FORM. A typical form might look like the following:

<title>The Middle Name Poll</title>


<body bgcolor="#FFFFFF">

<h2>The Middle Name Poll.</h2>

<form method="POST" action="/sform/">

<input type=HIDDEN name="username" value="cmaclean">
<input type=HIDDEN name="id" value="test">
<input type=HIDDEN name="redirect" value="">

What is your middle name?

<input type=TEXTAREA name="midname" value="">



<a href=""></a>


4.That is it for setting up your HTML form.

Retrieving your submitted forms...
1.Now, when someone submits a form with the page you created above, you will recieve an email notifying you that a form submission has been made, and letting you know where you can retrieve it. This email is sent to the USERNAME that you specified in the HTML form you created above.

The message will look similar to this:

Date: Sat, 7 Dec 1996 14:37:43 -0800 (PST)
To: cmaclean
Subject: Secure message to be picked up. (ID: 849998263-1794)

A secure message is waiting to be picked up by you.
This message can be retrieved by going to:

For more information about the sform system, see the documentation available online at

In this message you see a real ugly URL like:
This is where your form submission is located. Enter this URL into your Web Browser (cut & paste will work best.) This URL is quite ugly to ensure that each form submission has a unique ID. Note again the "s" on the "https" in the URL.

2.You must then go to the URL specified above. You will be asked your username and password. This is your Pacific Interconnect username and password. You should see a page something like this:

Time : Fri Dec 6 10:14:02 PST 1996
Remote Host :
Remote User :
Referer :
Browser : Mozilla/2.0 (compatible; MSIE 3.01; Windows NT)


username : cmaclean
id : test
redirect :
midname : Larry

3.All your form submissions will remain on the server. If you wish to have them deleted from the server, send an email message to specifying your USERNAME, ID and ID NUMBERS you wish to have deleted.

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