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when i try to submit a form from dreamweaver a blank page displays in IE with the heaading "about:blank" and the mailto does not happen.

when i try to submit a form from dreamweaver a blank page displays in IE with the heaading "about:blank" and the mailto action does not happen.
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
mailto: forms require that an email application be specified in the browser settings and even then, a lot of security applications will prevent it from happening.  You need to learn how to send forms to a server side script that will process the email and send it.

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dranecoAuthor Commented:
ok i'm a begininer at this using norton internet securiity, outlook 2007, vista, IE7, dreamweaver 8, and don't know where to start
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
It doesn't matter what YOU are using, unless you are going to be the only person using the web site.  You need to think of your users and that means learning how to send data to a server side script.  Depending on your ISP, you should have a canned form-to-email script available for you to use.  If your ISP doesn't provide that for you, you need to pick a scripting language your ISP supports and learn enough of it to install and configure a script (not as hard as it sounds) to do form to email.

For instance, if your ISP does not provide a script for you but does support PHP, then this is a very simple tutorial on how to make a form-to-email page:

http://www.phpbuilder.com/columns/dan-ball20070821.php3

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dranecoAuthor Commented:
i'm going to start from scratch, create a simple one page site, with a simple mailto form having one fielld, and try to get that to run and output a simpmle outlook message.   thanks
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
Good luck.
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dranecoAuthor Commented:
I have attached a file showing all the screen prints.

1- I created a new site with only 1 web page, with 1 form, with 1 field and a submit button with a form action of mailto and a button action of submit form (see form properties on first attch page and see button properties on 2nd attch page).
2- See html code on attch page 3
3- Attch page 4 shows the web page runing under IE7, and attch page 5 shows the f orm with data typed in the text field
4- Page 6 shows warning from IE7
5- Attch page 6 shows the IE screen with title about:blank and tool bar with Blank Page
Doc1.doc
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Jason C. LevineNo oneCommented:
The attachment is corrupt.

Again, you can try using mailto: in a form all day and you may not get it to work.  Read more about the problems here:

http://webdesign.about.com/cs/forms/a/aamailtobroke.htm
http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol3/form_no4.htm
http://www.htmlgoodies.com/tutorials/forms/article.php/3479081

IE 6 and above no longer supports mailto: as a form action...
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dranecoAuthor Commented:
Not much experience with scripiting or understandinng exactly where the script should go but I'lll fiigure it out......thanks.
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