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From "Frank W. Zammetti" <>
Subject Re: AW: Multi-select file chooser
Date Mon, 28 Feb 2005 23:45:07 GMT
Ah, didn't see this until I posted that form code :)

This is what I was talking about with the "better ways to present the UI 
" comment.  I would have to test it, but I *think* you should be able to 
have a single <file> element that is visible, with a number of hidden 
ones, and for each file you select with the visible one you actually 
populate a hidden one.  Maybe have a listbox that the files get added 
to, and the user can remove existing items or add new ones, something 
along those lines (I'm thinking out loud here).

There might be some scripting security issues there, I'd have to play a 
bit, but I suspect it might work.  That would give you your single 
browse and upload button like you want.

If this is something that is interesting to enough people, I would mind 
throwing a real tag together with some options and such, perhaps a 
couple of different UI presentations, etc.

Frank W. Zammetti
Founder and Chief Software Architect
Omnytex Technologies

Rakefet Bitton wrote:
> Frank W. Zammetti <fzlists <at>> writes:
>>You can have as many <file> elements in a form as you want, and you can 
>>process them all at once.  My web host (LunarPages) has a decent file 
>>manager, one of the functions it has is the ability to upload up to 12 
>>files at a time.
>>I don't know of any single tag to render such a form, but that's really 
>>what you need, and it should be trivial to write (although I'd bet it 
>>exists somewhere).  It's the server-side processing that *could* be 
>>tricky (although I think Commons Upload would deal with it just fine, 
>>probably give you a collection or something, I forget what the interface 
>>looks like.)
> Yes, you can have as many <file> elements as you want on a form. But wouldn't 
> you have a "browse" button for each <file> element? What I was hoping is that 
> when the user selects the "browse" button and the file chooser comes up, they 
> could select more then 1 file.  Do you know how I might do this?
> Thanks,
> Rocky Bitton
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