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I wanted to give you both the points after all you  finally solved my problem. Since I can't maybe I'll
ask you a (hopefully) easy question. Thanks for pointing out my errors on the code. I do have 2 html books
but they never seem to be able to answer my questions. It's easy to be sloppy when you are new!

Anyway I have a form that has a typing area in it. When the submit button is depressed I want it to fire the
text off to an email address. Is this easy?  I'll show you the code. I dont get any java script error messages
or anything but it also doesn't go anywhere

<HEAD>
<script language="JavaScript">


bV=parseInt(navigator.appVersion); browser=false; ie3=false; ie4=false; ns4=false;
if (navigator.appName== "Netscape") { if (bV>=4){browser=true; ns4=true;}} else {if (bV>=4){ie4=true; browser=true; } else { if (bV==3) {ie3=true;}}}

pics=new Array(); oC=0; sCo=0;
function bpreload(n,f) {if (browser) {pics[oC]=new Array(4);pics[oC][0]=new Image();pics[oC][0].src=f+".gif";pics[oC][1]=new Image();pics[oC][1].src=f+"h.gif";pics[oC][2]=new Image();pics[oC][2].src=f+"a.gif";pics[oC][3]=n;oC ++; }}
function on(co){ if (browser) {for (var i = 0; i <= oC; i++) { if (pics[i][3]==co){document.images[pics[i][3]].src=pics[i][1].src; sCo=i; i=oC;}}} }
function off(){if (browser) {document.images[pics[sCo][3]].src = pics[sCo][0].src; }}

function click(co)
{
 if (browser) {
        for (var i = 0; i <= oC; i++) {
                if (pics[i][3]==co)
                {
                       
                        if (navigator.appName!="Netscape"){document.anchors(pics[i][3]).blur();}
                       
                        document.images[pics[i][3]].src=pics[i][2].src;
                       
                        t=setTimeout('off()', 700);
                       
                        sCo=i; i=oC;

                }
        }
 }
 
 
if (document.forms[0].elements[0].checked) location.href="jsmith@abc.com"

}

bpreload ("b1","submit");

</script>
</HEAD>
<BODY BGCOLOR="black" Text=silver LINK=gold ALINK=gold VLINK=gold>

<br><br>
<font face=Arial size=3 color=#E0E0E0><blockquote>
<H2>To Mark Jagg</H2><br><br><br><br>

<form action="" method="post">
    <b>If You are an Individual <br>Please Send Us Your Comments or Questions:<br><br>
    <textarea  name="text"  rows="7" cols=45></textarea><br><br>
    <a name=b1 href=javascript:click('b1') onmouseover="on('b1');" onmouseout="off();"><img src=submit.gif align=middle border=0 name=b1></a>
</form>
       
</table>


</BODY>
</HTML>
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Holger101497 earned 50 total points
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Yes. This is reasonably easy :-)
How should your form know where to send the mail? You have to specify the address as "action".

BTW:
1) if (document.forms[0].elements[0].checked) location.href="jsmith@abc.com" ...
elements[0] is your textarea!! Was is this line supposed to do?? A textarea can't be checked! I'm surprised you don't get an error message along the lines of "undefined" or "document.forms[0].elements[0] does not have a property checked"...
2) You shouldn't Cut&Copy too much! You close a table without ever opening one!
3) Where do you close your <BLOCKQUOTE>?

Well, whatever.

Here's a nice answer to THIS question (mailto):

    <form action="mailto:yourmail@somewhere.net" method=post  ENCTYPE="multipart/form-data">
      <input type=text name="subject" value="Test2postform-data"><BR>
      <textarea COLS=40 ROWS=10 name="body">Testbody</textarea>
      <input type=submit>
    </form>

You can play around with the combinations of ENCTYPE and METHOD to get what you want. If you specify GET and no enctype, the browser opens an e-mail form that the user can still edit. If you specify POST, the form is sent without further user-interaction.
ENCTYPE="multipart/form-data" will encode each form-element as a separate attachment while the "standard" encoding just garbles it into one long string. Just try which one you like best. Either way you can specify a subject-line for these mails by entering "mailto:youraddress@server.com?subject=MySubject" as ACTION.

Hope that's all you need. If it isn't, just ask.

Good luck!
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Thanks Holger...

Sorry I took so long getting back Thanks for the help!
Al
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