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       WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller - framework to automate HTML forms


       Form fields can be specified by name or by a regular expression. A field specified by name
       takes precedence over a matching regular expression.

       You are not limited to fixed form values - callbacks and interactive editing are also
       already provided :

         # Create a form filler that asks us for the password

         # Normally, the HTML would come from a LWP::UserAgent request
         my $html = "<html><body><form name='f' action='/login.asp'>
           <input type='text' name='login'>
           <input type='password' name='password' >
           <input type='submit' name=Login value='Log in'>
           <input type='hidden' name='session' value='0xDEADBEEF' />

         my $f = WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller->new();
         my $form = HTML::Form->parse($html,"");

         $f->add_filler( password => Interactive => []);

         my $request = $form->click("Login");

         # Now we have a complete HTTP request, which we can hand off to
         # LWP::UserAgent or (preferrably) WWW::Mechanize
         print $request->as_string;


       The module is intended as a simple way to fill out HTML forms from a set of predetermined
       values. You set up the form filler with value elements, retrieve the HTML form, and let
       the form filler loose on that form.

       There are value classes provided for many tasks - fixed values, values to be queried
       interactively from the user, values taken randomly from a list of values and values
       specified through a callback to some Perl code.

       new %ARGS
           Creates a new instance. The %ARGS hash has two possible keys : "default", whose value
           should be an array reference consisting of the name of a
           "WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value" subclass and the optional constructor values.
           "values" must be an array reference, which contains array and "Files", which takes an
           array reference to the filenames to watch.

           Example :

       add_filler NAME, CLASS, @ARGS
           Adds a new value to the list of filled fields. "NAME" is the name of the form field,
           "CLASS" is the name of the class in the "WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value" namespace
           - it must live below there ! @ARGS is an optional array reference to the parameters
           that the subclass constructor takes.

       add_value NAME, VALUE
           Adds a new WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value subclass to the list of filled fields.
           "NAME" is the name of the form field, "VALUE" is an object that responds to the
           interface of "WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value".

       fill_form FORM
           Sets the field values in FORM to the values returned by the
           "WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value" elements. FORM should be of type HTML::Forms or
           respond to the same interface.

       fillout @ARGS
           This is a very dwimmy routine that allows you to intuitively set up values and fill
           out a form, if needed. It works as both a constructor and a method. The parameters are
           decoded according to the following examples :

             $filler = WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller->new();
               # For the the simple case, assumed 'Fixed' class,
               name => 'Mark',

               # With an array reference, create and fill with the right kind of object.
               widget_id => [ 'Random', (1..5) ],

             $filler = WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller->new();
               # If the first parameter isa HTML::Form, it is
               # filled out directly
               name => 'Mark',
               motto => [ 'Random::Word', size => 5 ],

             # This works as a direct constructor as well
               name => 'Mark',
               motto => [ 'Random::Word', size => 5 ],

   Value subclasses
       The following WWW::Mechanize::FormFiller::Value subclasses are currently distributed :


       None by default.

       This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

       Copyright (C) 2002,2003 Max Maischein


       Max Maischein, <>

       Please contact me if you find bugs or otherwise improve the module. More tests are also
       very welcome !

       Bug reports are best done via RT at