QueryString items are string-type variants in ASP and even if their content is the same as a name of a variable, they're still a string. But, you could try VBScript's Eval function or Execute Statement. See: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/script56/ht ml/vsfcteval.asp http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/script56/ht ml/vsstmexecute.asp Try this in page2.asp: Const C_Err1 = "You suck and the form field is blank. Please reenter it." Const C_Err2 = "You're ugly, please fix that." Response.Write("C_Err2 = " & C_Err2 & "<br />") Response.Write("Request("errMsg") = " & Request("errMsg") & "<br />") Response.Flush Response.Write("Eval(Request("errMsg") = " & Eval(Request("errMsg")) & "<br />") HTH, Greg The information in this electronic mail message is sender's business Confidential and may be legally privileged. It is intended solely for the addressee(s). Access to this Internet electronic mail message by anyone else is unauthorized. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance on it is prohibited and may be unlawful. The sender believes that this E-mail and any attachments were free of any virus, worm, Trojan horse, and/or malicious code when sent. This message and its attachments could have been infected during transmission. By reading the message and opening any attachments, the recipient accepts full responsibility for taking protective and remedial action about viruses and other defects. Galileo International is not liable for any loss or damage arising in any way from this message or its attachments.