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FormMail is a generic www form to e-mail gateway, which will parse
the results of any form and send them to the specified user. This
script has many formatting and operational options, most of which
can be specified through the form, meaning you don't need any programming
knowledge or multiple scripts for multiple forms. This also makes
FormMail the perfect system-wise solution for allowing users form-based
user feedback capabilities without the risks of allowing freedom
of CGI access.
There is only one form field that you must have in your form, for
FormMail to work correctly. This is the recipient field. Other hidden
configuration fields can also be used to enhance the operation of
FormMail on your site. The action of your form needs to point towards
this script (obviously), and the method must be POST in capital
Here's an example of the form fields to put in your form:
<FORM METHOD=POST ACTION="http://yourdomain.com/cgi-bin/formmail.cgi">
<input type=hidden name="recipient" value="email@example.com">
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Order">
<input type=hidden name="return_link_url" value="http://yourdomain.com/htmlpage">
<input type=hidden name="return_link_title" value="htmlpage">
The following are descriptions and proper
syntax for fields you can use with FormMail.
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 email address.
Syntax: <input type=hidden name="recipient" value="firstname.lastname@example.org">
Description: The subject field will allow you to specify the subject
that you wish to appear in the email 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
Syntax: If you wish to choose what the subject is:
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Your
To allow the user to choose a subject:
<input type=text name="subject">
Description: This form field will allow the user to specify their
return email 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. If you want to require an email address
with valid syntax, add this field name to the 'required' field.
Syntax: <input type=text name="email">
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">
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
Syntax: To choose the URL they will end up at:
<input type=hidden name="redirect" value="http://yourdomain.com/to/file.html">
To allow them to specify a URL they wish to travel to once the form
is filled out:
<input type=text name="redirect">
Description: You can require 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, separated
by commas. 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.
To use a customized error page, see "missing_fields_redirect"
Syntax: If you want to require that they fill in the email and phone
fields in your form, so that you can reach them once you have received
the mail, use the syntax like:
<input type=hidden name="required" value="email,phone">
Description: Allows you to have Environment variables included in
the email 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 host name making the request.
REMOTE_ADDR - Sends the IP address of the remote host.
HTTP_USER_AGENT - The browser the client is using.
(Note: In our case, both REMOTE_HOST and REMOTE_ADDR are the same,
since our servers don't do the reverse DNS look up needed to generate
the true REMOTE_HOST string).
Syntax: If you wanted to find all the above variables, you would
put the following into your form:
<input type=hidden name="env_report"
Description: This field allows you to choose the order in which
you wish for your variables to appear in the email form 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 send the information
to the script (which is usually the exact same order as 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 email 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...">
Description: print_config allows you to specify which of the config
variables you would like to have printed in your e-mail message.
By default, no config fields are printed to your email. This is
because the important form fields, like email, subject, etc. are
included in the header of the message. However some users have asked
for this option so they can have these fields printed in the body
of the message. The config fields that you wish to have printed
should be in the value attribute of your input tag separated by
Syntax: If you want to print the email and subject fields in the
body of your message, you would place the following form tag:
<input type=hidden name="print config" value="email,
Description: print_blank_fields allows you to request that all form
fields are printed in the return HTML, regardless of whether or
not they were filled in. FormMail defaults to turning this off,
so that unused form fields aren't emailed.
Syntax: <input type=hidden name="print_blank_fields"
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
Description: This field allows you to specify a URL that will appear,
as return_link_title, on the following report page. This field will
not be used if you have the redirect field set, but it is useful
if you allow the user to receive the report on the following page,
but want to offer them a way to get back to your main page.
Syntax: <input type=hidden name="return_link_url"
Description: This is the title that will be used to link the user
back to the page you
specify with return_link_url. The two fields will be shown on the
resulting form page
Syntax: <input type=hidden name="return_link_title"
value="Back to Main Page">