thanks for the reply.
the way this is used, i am trying to demonstrate a function of a database, that returns values using the value entered in the field. i am doing this using PHP. i could just leave the field for the user to enter the value, but i dont want that, as i dont want them to access all the record, only the records i want them to see.
I would like to see the field with values in it, but for them not to be able to alter it.