XHTML MP Example
Demonstrating File Upload
following example demonstrates how to upload a file from a Nokia 6230
cell phone. Here is the XHTML MP document of the example. As XHTML MP
is compatible with HTML/XHTML, this XHTML MP document can also be
opened with web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC
"-//WAPFORUM//DTD XHTML Mobile 1.0//EN"
to our photo album.</h1>
a photo to upload to the WAP server:
the WAP server, save the file as: (Enter something here if you want
the file to be saved in a different file name.)
above XHTML MP document enables the user to choose a photo to upload
and specify a different name for the file if he/she wants to do so.
you have read our XHTML MP tutorial,
the tags and attributes in the above XHTML MP document should be very
familiar to you, with the exception of the enctype
attribute of the <form> tag. The enctype
attribute is used to specify how the form data should be encoded in
the HTTP request when the method
attribute value is post.
The default value of the enctype
attribute is "application/x-www-form-urlencoded". It
has to be changed to "multipart/form-data" to enable file
most cases, that's all we need to know about "multipart/form-data"
since we will not parse the form data encoded in HTTP requests
ourselves but to use functions provided by a server-side technology.
Writing the functions by our own is error-prone and is not
recommended. If you need to learn the details of the
"multipart/form-data" format, please refer to the
Form-based File Upload
in HTML (RFC 1867) document.
that the above XHTML MP document does not conform to the XHTML MP
specification since "file" is not a valid value of the type
attribute of the <input> tag in standard XHTML MP. Thus, the
document cannot pass the check of an XHTML MP validator.
screenshots below show what you will see on the screen of the Nokia
6230 cell phone:
you click the file select field, you will see something like this:
the "Memory card" item in the above menu and you will see
something like this:
the "Options" softkey in the bottom left-hand corner of the
screen of the cell phone and you will see:
the "Select" option. The mobile browser will go back to the
first page and the name of the file chosen will be displayed in the
file select field, like this:
you click the submit button of the form, the form data will be posted
to the WAP server.
the only thing left is to write a server-side script to extract the
uploaded file from the HTTP request and save it to the local file
system or a database.
the following sections, we will introduce to you how to handle file
uploads with PHP and Java Servlet / JSP. If you use a server-side
technology other than PHP and Java Servlet / JSP, the code will be
different but the idea is the same.
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