Online Form - Ataching Images

Hi,

I have a standard contact form on my webpage which allows input such as name, address, email. When the user presses SUBMIT these details are sent to my email address.

However I would like to add in functionality which allows the users to browse to image files on their Hard Disk and send them to my email address along with the other information. This would work much like the "attatchment" feature in hotmail which lets you browse to a file and attach it to the email.

How would I do this?

Thanks,

Neil

homersimAsked:
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jhurstConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ahoffman is on the right track.  You need the TYPE="file" and the ENCTYPE, problem is that this will not work with a direct send to mail.

Hotmail, which you want to emulate actually receives this form with a cgi and then converts this to the required data.  You will need to do the same.  It is not hard.

I could attempt to explain the format of the file that you will receive but realistically you would be much better to just write a simple script that accepts the data and dumps it to file first.  Then look at the file.  When you look at this file the way in which the TYPE="FILE" data is stored will be obvious.

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bebonhamCommented:
can you post the script you are currently using now, so we can get an idea of what you are after?


however, to get optimal results without a lot of code, you will need to be sure and have the module MIME::Lite installed on your server

if you have that module installed, I have a simple solution.
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ahoffmannCommented:
<FORM METHOD="POST"  ENCTYPE="multipart/form-data">
  <INPUT NAME="uploadfile"  TYPE="file"  VALUE="">
</FORM>
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ahoffmannCommented:
> ..user presses SUBMIT these details are sent to my email address.

oops, missed that.
Therfore <a href=mailto: ...> is used, it spawns a application specified by the user (respectively his browser and/or OS) which is responsible for browsing the local filesystem.
Probably a Java-applet can do what you want
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jhurstCommented:
Problem with <a href=mailto... is that it just does invokes the mailer and does not interact with the form, sadly.

I do agree that a Java Applet can do it but it would be easier and more general since at this point we are writing code, to do it server side.  Remember that a lot of people disable Java and worse, windows XP comes without Java support at all.

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maneshrCommented:
homersim,

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maneshrCommented:
homersim,

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maneshrCommented:
homersim,

                     Did you get the solution you were looking for??

                     What solution, if any, did you use??

                     Pl. let us know.

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                      it and free up your points.

                     Thanks,
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