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 How to submit web forms with FormMail?
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An HTML form is a section of a document containing normal content, markup,
special elements called controls (checkboxes, radio buttons, menus, etc.), and
labels on those controls. Users generally "complete" a form by modifying its
controls (entering text, selecting menu items, etc.), before submitting the form
to an agent for processing (e.g., to a Web server, to a mail server, etc.)

FORM MAIL OPTIONS
To use Formmail, you need to create a form on one of your web pages.
Here what your basic html code should look like.

<FORM ACTION = "/" METHOD = "POST">
<input type=hidden name="recipient" value="anyname@yourdomain.com">
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Your Subject">

<input type=hidden name="required" value="email,phone">

The form action lines should be

<FORM ACTION = "/cgi-sys/formmail.pl" METHOD = "POST">
formmail.pl will do all the programming work for you. You alter the behavior of
Formmail by using hidden fields in your form.

There is only one form field that you must have in your form for FormMail to work
correctly. This is the recipient field.
Field: recipient
Description: This form field allows you to specify to whom you wish for your form
results to be mailed. Most likely you will want to configure this option as a hidden
form field with a value equal to that of your e-mail address.
THIS NEEDS TO BE AN EMAIL ADDRESS ON THE DOMAIN
(your yahoo or other isp email address wil not work)

Syntax:
<FORM ACTION = "/cgi-sys/formmail.pl" METHOD = "POST">
<input type=hidden name="recipient" value="anyname@yourdomain.com">

Optional Form Fields:
Field: subject
Description: The subject field will allow you to specify the subject that you wish to
appear in the e-mail that is sent to you after this form has been filled out. If you do
not have this option turned on, then the script will default to a message
subject: WWW Form Submission
Syntax:
If you wish to choose what the subject is:
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Your Subject">

Field: email
Description: This form field will allow the user to specify their return e-mail address.
If you want to be able to return e-mail to your user, I strongly suggest that you
include this form field and allow them to fill it in. This will be put into the
From: field of the message you receive.
This name="email" format has to be in lower case for server to recognize
the email address.
Syntax: <input type=text name="email">

Field: realname
Description: The realname form field will allow the user to input their real name.
This field is useful for identification purposes and will also be put into the From: line
of your message header
Syntax: <input type=text name="realname">

Field: sort
Description: This field allows you to choose the order in which you wish for your
variables to appear in the e-mail that FormMail generates. You can choose to have
the field sorted alphabetically or specify a set order in which you want the fields to
appear in your mail message. By leaving this field out, the order will simply default
to the order in which the browsers sends the information to the script (which isn't
always the exact same order they appeared in the form.) When sorting by a set
order of fields, you should include the phrase 'order:' as the first part of your value
for the sort field, and then follow that with the field names you want to be listed in
the e-mail message, separated by commas.
Syntax:
To sort alphabetically: <input type=hidden name="sort" value="alphabetic">
To sort by a set field order: <input type=hidden name="sort" value="order:name1,name2,etc...">


Field: redirect
Description: If you wish to redirect the user to a different URL, rather than having
them see the default response to the fill-out form, you can use this hidden variable
to send them to a pre-made HTML page.
Syntax:
To choose the URL the user will end up at:
<input type=hidden name="redirect" value="http://yourdomain.com/index.html">


Field: required
Description: You can now require for certain fields in your form to be filled in before
the user can successfully submit the form. Simply place all field names that you want
to be mandatory into this field. If the required fields are not filled in, the user will be
notified of what they need to fill in, and a link back to the form they just submitted
will be provided.
Syntax:
If you want to require that the user fill in the email and phone fields or other fields in
your form, so that you can reach them once you have received the mail, use a syntax like:
<input type=hidden name="required" value="email,phone">

Field: env_report
Description: Allows you to have Environment variables included in the e-mail message
you receive after a user has filled out your form. Useful if you wish to know what
browser they were using, what domain they were coming from or any other attributes
associated with environment variables. The following is a short list of valid environment
variables that might be useful:
REMOTE_HOST - Sends the hostname making a request.
REMOTE_ADDR - Sends the IP address of the remote host making the request.
HTTP_USER_AGENT - The browser the client is using to send the request.
General format: software/version library/version
Syntax:
If you wanted to find the remote host and browser sending the request, you would put the
following into your form:
<input type=hidden name="env_report" value="REMOTE_HOST,HTTP_USER_AGENT">


Field: title
Description: This form field allows you to specify the title and header that will appear on
the resulting page if you do not specify a redirect URL.
Syntax:
If you wanted a title of 'Feedback Form Results':
<input type=hidden name="title" value="Feedback Form Results">

Description: This form field allow you to specify a background image that will appear if you do
not have the redirect field set. This image will appear as the background to the form results page.
Syntax:
<input type=hidden name="background" value="http://your.host.xxx/image.gif">
Field: bgcolor

Description: This form field allow you to specify a bgcolor for the form results page in much
the way you specify a background image. This field should not be set if the redirect field is.
Syntax:
For a background color of White:
<input type=hidden name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF">
Field: text_color

Description: This field works in the same way as bgcolor, except that it will change the color
of your text.
Syntax:
For a text color of Black: <input type=hidden name="text_color" value="#000000">
Field: link_color

Description: Changes the color of links on the resulting page. Works in the same way as
text_color. Should not be defined if redirect is.
Syntax:
For a link color of Red:
<input type=hidden name="link_color" value="#FF0000">
Field: vlink_color

Description: Changes the color of visited links on the resulting page. Works exactly the
same as link_color. Should not be set if redirect is. Syntax:
For a visited link color of Blue:
<input type=hidden name="vlink_color" value="#0000FF">
Field: alink_color

Description: Changes the color of active links on the resulting page. Works exactly the
same as link_color. Should not be set if redirect is.

Syntax:

For a visited link color of Blue:
<input type=hidden name="alink_color" value="#0000FF">

Any other form fields that appear in your script will be mailed back to you and
displayed on the resulting page if you do not have the redirect field set.



Article Details
Article ID: 70
Created On: 17 Aug 2008 03:37 AM

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