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Getting the user's name and remembering it when they next visit.

Welcome to the page, .

If you entered your name, then you get a welcome above. If you return to this page, it will remember you and greet you with your name.

The code in the BODY is:

<p>Welcome to the page, <script type="text/javascript">




</script>. </p>

That is, we call a new function called MyNamer(). This function, which is in the HEAD is:

function MyNamer(){

//First we set the cookie date to a year hence.

var now= new Date();

now.setTime(now.getTime() + 365 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000);

//We call the function GetCookie() with the name, "username".

var username = GetCookie("username");

if ((!username)||(username=='null'))

{ username = prompt("Please enter your name:", "");}

setCookie("username", username, now);

if (username) {


setCookie("username", username, now);



document.write("You didn\'t enter your name.<a href=# onClick=\"MyNamer();history.go(-1)\">Enter it now?</a>");


So far, if the user does not enter their name, there are no more options. Or if the name is wrong, they have to live with being called something else.

Let's see what we can do to correct matters.

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