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The snippet of code I need help with is attached. "Suite Size" is not a string, but a choice from a dropdown SELECT menu. Not sure what the proper syntax should be.




$email_message .= "First Name: ".clean_string($firstName)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Last Name: ".clean_string($lastName)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Phone: ".clean_string($phone)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Email: ".clean_string($email_from)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Suite Size: ".clean_string($size)."\n";

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by:Chris Harte
ID: 34927092
html select means it should have been submitted as a form

$email_message .= "Suite Size: ". clean_string($_GET['size']."\n";
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by:tekgrl
ID: 34927213
Hi. The email went through okay, but the option I chose from the dropdown did not appear in the email body. Code for the HTML form is attached.
<form class="cmxform" id="commentForm" name="contactform" method="post" action="send-form.php" target="_parent">
	<div>
		<label for="firstName" class="blockit">First Name*</label>
		<input  type="text" name="firstName" class="required" maxlength="50" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="lastName" class="blockit">Last Name*</label>
		<input  type="text" name="lastName" class="required" maxlength="50" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="phone"  class="blockit">Phone</label>
		<input  type="text" name="phone" class="required" class="phone" maxlength="12" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="email" class="blockit">Email Address*</label>
		<input  type="text" name="email" class="required email" maxlength="80" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="size" class="blockit">Suite Size</label>
		<select name="size">
		<option value="studio">Studio</option>
		<option value="1bed">1 Bedroom</option>
		<option value="2bed">2 Bedroom</option>
		<option value="3bed">3 Bedroom</option>
		<option value="penthouse">Penthouse Suites</option>
		</select>
	</div>
	  	<input type="image" src="images/submit.gif" class="btn" value="Submit" alt="Submit">
</form>

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by:onemadeye
ID: 34930032
I'm not sure as you said your form went through okay.
As this is from your PHP code:
$email_message .= "Email: ".clean_string($email_from)."\n";
And from the HTML :
<input  type="text" name="email" class="required email" maxlength="80" size="20">

>> $email_from NOT MATCH with name="email"

It should be not a problem you use clean_string($size) for the selectbox though.

Let know your PHP code for submitting the form so we can check where the problem is...
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 34930297
Here is a little trick that will help you understand how HTML forms work with PHP action scripts.

echo "<pre>";
var_dump($_POST);

I changed the <form> tag to cause this HTML form to post to the embedded PHP action script.  Install this and run it to see how it works.
<?php // RAY_temp_tekgrl.php
error_reporting(E_ALL);

if (!empty($_POST))
{
    echo "<pre>";
    var_dump($_POST);
    echo "</pre>";
}
?>
<form class="cmxform" id="commentForm" name="contactform" method="post">
	<div>
		<label for="firstName" class="blockit">First Name*</label>
		<input  type="text" name="firstName" class="required" maxlength="50" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="lastName" class="blockit">Last Name*</label>
		<input  type="text" name="lastName" class="required" maxlength="50" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="phone"  class="blockit">Phone</label>
		<input  type="text" name="phone" class="required" class="phone" maxlength="12" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="email" class="blockit">Email Address*</label>
		<input  type="text" name="email" class="required email" maxlength="80" size="20">
	</div>
	<div>
		<label for="size" class="blockit">Suite Size</label>
		<select name="size">
		<option value="studio">Studio</option>
		<option value="1bed">1 Bedroom</option>
		<option value="2bed">2 Bedroom</option>
		<option value="3bed">3 Bedroom</option>
		<option value="penthouse">Penthouse Suites</option>
		</select>
	</div>
	  	<input type="image" src="images/submit.gif" class="btn" value="Submit" alt="Submit">
</form>

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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 34930302
This link may also be useful.
http://us.php.net/manual/en/tutorial.forms.php

Best regards, ~Ray
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by:tekgrl
ID: 34930392
Here is my full PHP script. All the other fields print out on the email EXCEPT the Suite Size.
<?php
if(isset($_POST['email'])) {
	
	// EDIT THE 2 LINES BELOW AS REQUIRED
	$email_to = "me@me.com";
	$email_subject = "Test";
		
	function died($error) {
		// your error code can go here
		echo "We are very sorry, but there were error(s) found with the form your submitted. ";
		echo "These errors appear below.<br /><br />";
		echo $error."<br /><br />";
		echo "Please go back and fix these errors.<br /><br />";
		die();
	}
	
	// validation expected data exists
if(!isset($_POST['firstName']) || !isset($_POST['lastName']) || !isset($_POST['phone']) ||
   !isset($_POST['email'])) {
   died('We are sorry, but there appears to be a problem with the form your submitted.');            
      }
	
	$firstName = $_POST['firstName']; // required
	$lastName = $_POST['lastName']; // required
	$phone = $_POST['phone']; // required
	$email_from = $_POST['email']; // required

		
	
	$email_message = "Form details below.\n\n";
	
	function clean_string($string) {
	  $bad = array("content-type","bcc:","to:","cc:","href");
	  return str_replace($bad,"",$string);
	}
	
	$email_message .= "First Name: ".clean_string($firstName)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Last Name: ".clean_string($lastName)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Phone: ".clean_string($phone)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Email: ".clean_string($email_from)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Suite Size: ".clean_string($_GET['$size']."\n";
			
	
// create email headers
$headers = 'From: '.$email_from."\r\n".
'Reply-To: '.$email_from."\r\n" .
'X-Mailer: PHP/' . phpversion();
@mail($email_to, $email_subject, $email_message, $headers);  
      header("Location: thanks.html");
}
?>

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onemadeye earned 500 total points
ID: 34930429
I think simply because you dont defining the Suite Size on the POST variables.
Here is your codes modified:
<?php
if(isset($_POST['email'])) {
	
	// EDIT THE 2 LINES BELOW AS REQUIRED
	$email_to = "me@me.com";
	$email_subject = "Test";
		
	function died($error) {
		// your error code can go here
		echo "We are very sorry, but there were error(s) found with the form your submitted. ";
		echo "These errors appear below.<br /><br />";
		echo $error."<br /><br />";
		echo "Please go back and fix these errors.<br /><br />";
		die();
	}
	
	// validation expected data exists
if(!isset($_POST['firstName']) || !isset($_POST['lastName']) || !isset($_POST['phone']) ||
   !isset($_POST['email'])) {
   died('We are sorry, but there appears to be a problem with the form your submitted.');            
      }
	
	$firstName = $_POST['firstName']; // required
	$lastName = $_POST['lastName']; // required
	$phone = $_POST['phone']; // required
	$email_from = $_POST['email']; // required
	$suiteSize = $_POST['size']; 

	$email_message = "Form details below.\n\n";
	
	function clean_string($string) {
	  $bad = array("content-type","bcc:","to:","cc:","href");
	  return str_replace($bad,"",$string);
	}
	
	$email_message .= "First Name: ".clean_string($firstName)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Last Name: ".clean_string($lastName)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Phone: ".clean_string($phone)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Email: ".clean_string($email_from)."\n";
	$email_message .= "Suite Size: ".clean_string($suiteSize)."\n";
			
	
// create email headers
$headers = 'From: '.$email_from."\r\n".
'Reply-To: '.$email_from."\r\n" .
'X-Mailer: PHP/' . phpversion();
@mail($email_to, $email_subject, $email_message, $headers);  
      header("Location: thanks.html");
}
?>

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by:tekgrl
ID: 34930453
You are smart. That's it! Thanks.
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 34930521
If you add error_reporting(E_ALL)  to the top of your script, you will be able to see the notices about use of undefined variables and indexes.  The default installation of PHP suppresses the notices.  Had you had that in place here, you would have found that the code at your line 41 was wrong.  It was looking at $_GET instead of $_POST.

But that said, this script might still cause you some trouble.  Better to learn from the experts.  This book is a good place to get started.
http://www.sitepoint.com/books/phpmysql4/

Good luck with your project, ~Ray
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by:Vimal DM
ID: 34931641
Hai,

Try to go for "PHPMAILER" which has the following things

1) Can send bulk mails
2) Can have bulk attachments
3) Can avoid spams
4) Can send mail to any type of mail ids's
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