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How do I pass a URL variable to a results page?

Thread began 4/18/2014 12:51 pm by mora398588 | Last modified 4/18/2014 2:07 pm by Jason Byrnes | 182 views | 1 replies |


How do I pass a URL variable to a results page?

I am attempting to create frequently asked questions php pages where an individual will start at a page (library.php) listing various categories; and from there, the individual can select a category and be redirected to another page (library_results.php) to view only those questions and answers under that category .

Based on prior experience, I understand that a variable will need to be created which can be passed from the library.php page to the library_results.php page (the variable I considering using is FaqCatID). I have already setup the appropriate MYSQL database and tables, including a table where I have listed the categories (faqcategory) and another table where the questions and answers are located (faquestions). In the faquestions table, I have included a category ID column (FaqCatID) where I am attempting to organize the questions and answers by the appropriate category.

Since I am working with two tables, I am lead to believe that a relationship may need to be created so the two tables see each other and can distinguish those questions and answers from the categories.

Here is what I have done so far:

1. I have created a URL Variable (FaqCatID) on the library.php page.
2. On the library.php page, I have inserted a recordset using the faqcategory table and filtered it by the tables FaqCatID - Session Variable FaqCatID.
3. On the library.php page, each category is setup up as a hyperlink to library_results.php page (i.e., <a href="library_faq.php?FaqCatID=1"> Meal Periods </a>)
4. On the library_results.php page, I have inserted a recordset using the faquestions table. I recordset is not filtered (I do not know what to do here).
5. On the library_results.php page, I have bound parts of the recordset to the page to show the questions and answers. There is also a repeat region to show up to 10 results.

Of course, I am not getting the desired results. So, I know that I am goofing up somewhere.

Where I need assistance is how to pass the appropriate variable from the library.php page to the library_results.php page so only those questions and answers show under the category the individual previously selected from the library.php page. I am also uncertain how to go about creating the appropriate recordsets for each page.

I have attached the pages to this post for your information.

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Jason ByrnesWebAssist

basically, what you are trying to create is what is called a Master / Details page set.

the library page is the Master page that shows all the FAQ categories, and the library_results.php page shows the details of the FAQs for the selected categories.

In the database starter kit tutorial:

I give steps for creating a creating a very similar master detail page set for Categories and products that belong to the selected category. If you follow that tutorial, it should help you understand how the recordsets for your page should be created.

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