This week's book giveaway is in the OO, Patterns, UML and Refactoring forum. We're giving away four copies of Refactoring for Software Design Smells: Managing Technical Debt and have Girish Suryanarayana, Ganesh Samarthyam & Tushar Sharma on-line! See this thread for details.
Form parameters are always sent to the server as text.
The type used to represent it on the server, depends on the technology you're using on the server. With Servlets & JSP, the values will be of type java.lang.String or, if there is more than one with the same name, java.lang.String