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PAD(R) is the Portable Application Description, and it helps authors provide product descriptions and specifications to online sources in a standard way, using a standard data format that will allow webmasters and software application librarians to automate app listings. PAD provides a complete content solution for application developers and the webmasters of software catalogs and directories.

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PAD Extensions Specification 1

The HTML document format used for creating extensions is very straight forward, just a simple HTML form. You do not even need to add a SUBMIT button to the form. Each extension is based on the TITLE tag. Here you see GIZMO is present, this will create a grouping in the final PAD file that is wrapped by <GIZMO> and </GIZMO> tags.

Each field in the extension group is also prefaced with GIZMO, in this case there is one field: GIZMO_Blanket_CD_Permission.

Now when the Gizmo Corporation reads in your XML PAD file it can pull out its own extensions to find out if you gave permission to them include your product on their CD!

<HTML>
<HEAD>
<TITLE>GIZMO</TITLE>
</HEAD>

<H2>GIZMO's XML PAD Extensions Form</H2>

Along with the Standard Information entered with your XML PAD we would also like to ask the following questions:

<FORM METHOD="POST" ACTION="">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="GIZMO_FORM" VALUE="Y">
<INPUT TYPE="checkbox" NAME="GIZMO_Blanket_CD_Permission" VALUE="Y" CHECKED> Can we include this product on our CD if desired?
</FORM>

</BODY>
</HTML>

Note that there is a dependency between the "<TITLE>GIZMO</TITLE>" tag and the "<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="GIZMO_FORM" VALUE="Y">" tag. In particular, if the INPUT NAME field does not have the name of the TITLE tag + the text '_FORM', then the form values are not saved at the next time PADGen is run. The example above is correct and this note is pointing out the linkage in the naming.
    
 

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