Form Validation without a Model (Showing the users input when validation fails)

Hi all,

I'm writing a Advanced Search form which is not attached to a model and I'm wondering if there's an easy way to re-show the the form to the user with their inputted values shown back to them if validation fails.

Example:
  1. user fills in the search text field with "Dan"
  2. user hits submit
  3. the user forgot to select a value from a drop down box (eg search on first name)
  4. renders the form with the error message added to flash
  5. form is blank!

Of course this works (the users' inputted values are re-shown) for form helpers that are based on a model, but what if it's a form like a search form?

Cheers,
Dan

This looks like a pretty good solution:

http://agilewebdevelopment.com/plugins/activerecord_base_without_table

  Cheers,
    Tyler