right i made the changes and despite not finding 'request.form' in a search on the page i'm still getting the same error!!!
i've attached the full page code here, if someone can scan an eye over it for anything that looks wrong/out of place!!
also, in the live page the css seems to pot after adding data assist and the form is overrunning the footer!!! i've been going at things for so long today i just can't concentrate on the simple stuff now !!!!
any help, greatly appreciated.