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How Do I retrieve information from a website contact form

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I designed a website utilizing Publisher 2007 and I am having trouble retrieving the information  inputted via a contact form on  the website. I have tried emailing it to an email account and having the info sent to a file on the web server. Nothing appears to work for me. the website is: www.rivera-brownpdc.org. I have activated the Front Page extensions. The site is being hosted by Yahoo.
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by:fool5683
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Ok Thanks
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by:Ray Paseur
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There may be many reasons to use Publisher, but building web sites is not listed as one of them.
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/publisher/top-10-reasons-to-try-publisher-2010-HA101631738.aspx

Publisher generated almost 200 errors in 1,150 lines of code.  It's simply the wrong tool for the job.
http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rivera-brownpdc.org%2F&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0

This is the <form> statement on the "contact us" page.  It does not contain a valid URL address, so nothing will get posted to any script.
<form action=--WEBBOT-SELF-- method=post>

You might want to step back from this project and hire a developer.  You will get results faster that way.  If you want to learn how to build web sites yourself, go to the nearest community college and take all the courses you can in these subject areas:

HTML (the language of web sites)
JavaScript (the client-side of web site automation)
PHP and MySQL (the server-side of web site automation)
CSS (the beautification, layout and markup of web sites)

Best regards, and good luck with your project, ~Ray
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by:Michel Plungjan
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I posted this link before the call for experts - however I support Rays comments completely



http://help.yahoo.com/l/us/yahoo/smallbusiness/webhosting/frontpage/frontpage-26.html
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by:Jason C. Levine
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>>  It does not contain a valid URL address, so nothing will get posted to any script. <form action=--WEBBOT-SELF-- method=post>

Actually, that is a valid action for FrontPage form extensions.  So their either should be an email or a text file on the server with the form contents IF(!) FrontPage extensions were installed and supported by the server in the correct way.  That you are seeing nothing anywhere leads me to think that FrontPage is not fully supported by the ISP or was not installed correctly.   Given that you appear to be hosting on Yahoo,  I think that non-support is the more likely issue.

I'll third Ray's and mplungjan's advice though.  This is not the best way to handle things.  If you don't want to hire a dev or learn server side code, then you may want to contact Yahoo's support and see if they have a form-to-email script pre-configured.  If not, there are hosted form scripts available but that's not the most secure method out there...
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by:Ray Paseur
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@jason1178:  "Actually, that is a valid action for FrontPage form extensions." -- agreed, however it showed up in the generated HTML.  I did "view source" on the live web page.  Further affiant sayeth not.

Best to all, over and out, ~Ray
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