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How do I get the mailto in my form action attribute to simply email the contents of the form, instead of calling up my email program.  I have
<FORM action="mailto:me@ix.netcom.com?subject=testing">

and it calls up my Eudora, which is not what I want.  Is there a way to email the form input directly (unformatted, I know) without having to write a script?
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The mailto protocol has to have an email client.  It will invoke whatever the user has installed, as the default email client.  The browser by itself cannot email anything.  So if you use mailto you are dependent on an email client, or you have to have a script on the server side to process the form.

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by:KenAdney
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An alternative is to use CDONTS which has to have SMTP running on the server.  It runs on an ASP page.
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by:ahoffmann
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> Is there a way to email the form input directly (unformatted, I know) without having to write a script?

Short answer: no.
Long answer: it might be possible using JavaSript, ActiveX or any other (dangerous) scripting, but be prepared that you never get a solution which works everywhere, always, as you expect
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by:bruno
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>>Is there a way to email the form input directly
(unformatted, I know) without having to write a script?


NOPE...but the scripts to send mail are very easy.  Can you use ASP or ColdFusion or any server side scripting language?
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by:KenAdney
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Just in case you can run ASP (and the server supports sending mail), here's a sample script:

<%
recipients = request.form("recipients")
from_name = request.form("from_name")
form_element = request.form("form_element")

Set objCDOMessage = Server.CreateObject("CDONTS.NewMail")
' creates the object
     objCDOMessage.From =  from_name ' the address listed as "From"
objCDOMessage.To =  recipients ' the address listed as "To"
' you could include bcc and cc recipients as well
objCDOMessage.Subject = "The Subject Line" ' specify the subject header
objCDOMessage.Body = "Here is what was on the form:" & vbcrlf &_
 "Some text:" & form_element
     'now send the message
objCDOMessage.Send

'wrap things up
Set objCDOMessage = Nothing
%>
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by:COBOLdinosaur
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Ahem,

>>>Is there a way to email the form input directly
(unformatted, I know) <em><b><font size=48pt>without having to write a script?</font></b></em>

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Oops,
</em>
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by:KenAdney
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Ok, ok, ok.  I agree, the answer to the question asked is "no".  :-)
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I know PHP.  Hopefully the server supports it.
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Glad we could help.  Thanks for the A. :^)

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