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I want to do a question-competition on my homepage. I want the question-answers to be both texts and radiobuttons (?) When the form is totally filled in the user just presses a button (send) and the answers are emailed to me on my email address. Does anyone understand the question? Is this possible to do?
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by:MasseyM
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You will need access to a CGI-BIN... You can then write a CGI script that will take the answers from the form and email them to you... Very simple... most ISP's have this functionality already for you...
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This I already did know, but isn't there any other way?
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You can have the form contents sent to you by e-mail without a CGI bin program. To do this you need to add the following to the top of your form:
<form method=post action="mailto:me@myaddress.com" enctype="text/plain">

I have not actually used this, so I can't comment on how the form values appear in the mail message.
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Look for a list of Free Form Processors at:
http://interweb.simplenet.com/Hotsource/Further/form.shtml

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using the answer above will launch the users email program and make them send the mail.. There is no other way unless you use CGI...

- Matt
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Bernfarr's answer worked fine with me when I tried it, without starting up a visible instance of an email program. It makes use of the browser's email functionality and does that hidden. Of course there has to be an inbuilt email functionality in the browser to make it work.
I believe that IE3 has trouble with it.

If you want to use CGI, then the url I posted as a comment earlier presents a list of free CGI-servers which you can use for form-processing into an email message. It also presents a number of free scripts which you can download and use if you have access to your own CGI area.

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I couldn't get it to work with that email thing. I'm using Netscape 4.5 and tried it also in IE4.

But I tried some links. Many thanks to Sybe. If this will work for me, you can retype your comment as an answer and you will get some points!

Martin
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I couldn't get it to work with that email thing. I'm using Netscape 4.5 and tried it also in IE4.

But I tried some links. Many thanks to Sybe. If this will work for me, you can retype your comment as an answer and you will get some points!

Martin
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Thanks MBEG, and good luck.
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