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Posted on 2004-03-22
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I have been using this script without fail for several months, but occasionally and without obvious reasons, sometimes some lines in the output do not break. For example, usually, my output would look like this:

name: john
address: 123 smith rd
phone: 788-7888
email: john@nowhere.com

On the occasions where the problem is occurring, the output look like this:

name: john address: 123 smith rd phone: 788-7888 email: john@nowhere.com

My output consists of a sometimes long list of fields and the entire text doesn't behave like this, just 6 fields or so, then it will go back to normal. The $wrap_style parameter is set to 1 and the $wrap_text is set to 0.

Anyone else ever experience this?
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by:ahoffmann
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could you please post the relevant parts of the code
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by:ge0rg1e
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Here is an abbreviated version of the code:

<form name="shoppingList" action="cgi-bin/FormMail2.pl" method="post" onsubmit="return disableForm(this);">
<input type="hidden" name="email" value="recipient@server.com">
<input type="hidden" name="subject" value="Shopping List">

[HTML cut out]              

                 <td valign="top" width="140"><input type="text" name="Apples - Gala (or equivalent)" size="20"></td>
                 <td valign="middle" width="150">Apples - Gala (or equivalent)</td>
                </tr>
                <tr>
                  <td valign="top" width="140"><input type="text" name="Bananas" size="20"></td>
                  <td valign="middle" width="150">Bananas</td>
                </tr>
                <tr>
                  <td valign="top" width="140"><input type="text" name="Dried Apricots" size="20"></td>
                  <td valign="middle" width="150">Dried Apricots</td>
                </tr>
                <tr>
                  <td valign="top" width="140"><input type="text" name="Kiwis" size="20"></td>
                  <td valign="middle" width="150">Kiwis</td>
                </tr>

[more HTML cut out]

<input type="submit" value="Submit">&nbsp;<input type="reset" value="Reset" name="Reset">
    </form>

In the code above, several other shopping list items have been cut out. Could it be that there is a limit to the number of lines the formmail output can have?

The formmail script has not been edited anywhere else other than the server configuration.
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by:ahoffmann
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oops, I meant the code from the cgi
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Where did you get your copy of FormMail.pl from?  
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by:ge0rg1e
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I'm not sure what the relevant parts of the code would be...should I just paste the entire script?
I should add that this is a problem that the client is only seeing when he receives the e-mail output. He is using OutlookXP. I having Outlook 2000 and have never gotten this problem.
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ahoffmann earned 75 total points
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aha, then it's a Oulook, no fommail.cgi problem.
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You can never, ever guarantee how an email client is going to display your mail (not even plain text).  Unfortunately, it's just one of those quirks.
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by:ge0rg1e
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Tintin said:

"You can never, ever guarantee how an email client is going to display your mail (not even plain text).  Unfortunately, it's just one of those quirks."

Unless, of course, I use an HTML template with an .asp script, right?

My client's not going to be happy with that answer, but what can you do?

Thanks for your help!
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by:Tintin
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When you start getting into HTML mail, you have even more problems and incompatibilites.  If you thought browser incompatibilities are annoying, just wait until you delve into the wonderful world of email client "standards".
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by:ahoffmann
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IMHO html mail is trash, most people don't need it, beside all the malicious code carried inside it.
There seems to be no reason for an HTML mail in this scenario.
If you still insist on it, simply add a <br> tag right behind each line.
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