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How do I submit my HTML form by e-mail?

Posted on 2012-12-28
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I created a simple form on a webpage, where I ask for visitors to enter their e-mail address and click 'Submit' if they want to be notified of an event.
When I test the form, nothing happens, apart from the re-direct to a second webpage.

This is the code I use:

<form action="info@invoiceit.com" method=post enctype="text/plain">
<input type="hidden" name=tx1>
<input type="text" name="tx2" size="27" value="enter your e-mail address"><a href="thanksforwantingcloud.htm">
<input type=submit value="Send it" name="B1"><input type="reset" value="Reset" name="B2">
</form>

What is missing to send the content of that text box to my e-mail address?

Hope you can help - thank you.
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Question by:CoStar
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See the bottom example on this page:  http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa767737%28v=vs.85%29.aspx

For it to work in IE, you must use the exact names shown.  IE will not pass anything else to the user's email program.

The only other alternative is to use server-side scripts like ASP or PHP.
<form action="mailto:info@invoiceit.com" method="get">
<input name="subject" type="hidden" value="Message Title">

Feedback:<br/>
<textarea name=body cols="40">
Enter your e-mail address.
</textarea>

<input type="submit" value="Send it">
</form>

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by:CoStar
ID: 38728667
Thank you so much. I modified the code along your example and it now reads
<form action="info@invoiceit.com" method="get">
<input name="subject" type="hidden" value="Notify Cloud release">
<textarea name=body cols="40" rows="1">e-mail address</textarea>
<a href="thanksforwantingcloud.htm">
<input type=submit value="Send it" name="B1">
<input type="reset" value="Reset" name="B2">
</form>

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Unfortunately, no mail arrives.
I can't see where I go wrong. It seems so simple, yet so elusive.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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You removed the 'mailto' part.  It will not work without that.  And this <a href="thanksforwantingcloud.htm"> does absolutely nothing.  Remove it.
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by:CoStar
ID: 38728706
yes, I omitted that and now it works. Thank you for pointing it out.
Just one little thing left:
I use value="Notify Cloud release" as the subject, but on the e-mail it appears as
Notify+Cloud+release
Do you know how the + signs can be changed to spaces?
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by:Dave Baldwin
ID: 38728715
They can't as far as I know.  They are required because of the way the email program is called from the web browser.
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by:CoStar
ID: 38728716
I figured it out:
value=Notify&nbsp;cloud&nbsp;release
Thank you for all your help. Points are awarded
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Thanks, glad to help.
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