Client side mailing with attachments
Posted on 2010-09-15
I have a requirement for a link or button on an intranet page that opens a new e-mail with attachments already on there, so that the user can edit the mail and choose who to send it to etc. The users use outlook 2003, 2007 and 2010 (although 2003 is almost non-existant on the network now) for their e-mails, and mainly internet explorer 6, 7 and 8 for internet browsing. (There may be one or two with Firefox, but we can almost ignore it if there is a good solution that is only compatibly with IE.)
I do not want to use server side mailing. I want to use the user's mail client, and the attachments must be attached automatically. The attachments will be selected by the client through a web interface from a network shared folder that is available to the webserver and the clients.
I have looked into the <a href="mailto:..."> approach, but attachments are not supported on this.
Does anyone have any good ideas for how to do this? If necessary I can enforce installation of programs on all the user's client PCs, but if possible I would like to avoid this.