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How is this possible? Mailto: issue?

by darkzenlord / December 4, 2008 4:27 AM PST

I wrote in the coding forum, but I know some developers might know what to do.

I want to create a single html page that will contain a simple form which will be filled out then when submitted, will e-mail me and 3 others the content of that form. I have looked into it quite a bit and now I am confused. We have a webserver which I can place the HTML file and I have created "mailto:" HTML pages but they just make my outlook pop up.(they do not send the mail at all). I know there are some services out there which will do this. But most of them are unreliable and since we already have a webserver it seems silly to out source something we should be capable of doing ourselves. So let me know. I guess the missing puzzle piece would be, how can I get an HTML form to actually email the info to me?


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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 4:34 AM PST

Mailto does not do what you asked. Never had, never will. Brush up on the HTML standards if you don't believe.

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You can't with just HTML
by Sovereign Forum moderator / December 4, 2008 2:18 PM PST

however, you can use PHP (provided you have a linux web server) to get the job done.

Look up php contact forms on Google and download a script (free). Most of them come with documentation as well.


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Can also use PHP on IIS
by DocGSXR / December 11, 2008 8:31 AM PST

I have an IIS 7 Windows Server running PHP5 just fine, both a private dev server at home and my hosting provider. Linux hosting can sometimes be cheaper though so if you are going to use PHP a linux host would be fine. I replied to you in the other forum that you posted this same question in. The fact is I think you are confused about the way a form is processed. the mail:to command is used in an anchor tag <a> to send the user to a default email application such as outlook. This is the way it has always been and it will never allow you to send a form of information to an email address. Please believe everyone when they tell you that this cannot be done with the mail:to command. It is possible to do it though. You have to use some type of server side script. There are a number of ones that can do it: Java, ASP classic, ASP.NET, PHP, ColdFusion, PERL, etc...

Take your pick really. It is really easy to do with a google search or if you are clueless like you seem to be you can always pay someone to set you up.

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