Forms and MAILTO decoders?

Subject: Forms and MAILTO decoders?
From: "Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2002 14:01:19 -0500

Nora Merhar is <<... doing some fairly simple web-based training for our
salespeople. We want to have a test... to check that the salespeople have
read the training and know how to use it for reference. I was looking into
using a form that would give them feedback once they submit it--however, I
don't know if our IT group can handle the requests that I am going to have
to make (don't ask). The other option is to use a MAILTO: form--however, I
can't find any freeware/shareware decoders for MAILTO form output (maybe I'm
just not asking the right question).>>

We've used a Sendmail script in the past, and these are widely available as
shareware or freeware. Moreover, the odds are good that if you're being
hosted by a company with a Unix server, they already have Sendmail or
something similar set up for their other clients, and can help you implement
it yourself inexpensively (if they do the work) or for free (if you do the
work yourself). Not having time to add yet another plume to my cap, I took
the lazy man's way out and got our ISP to do the work for us. In the
meantime, have a look at the following URL for an example and a tutorial (or
type "sendmail cgi script" into your favorite search engine and go

One nice thing about this is that if you format the form properly, you can
extract the data from the resulting e-mail and read it into a database so
you can compile results.

There are many other scripts available; "FormMail" is another one I've seen
mentioned here and there, along the lines of sendmail. Worth talking to your
ISP to find out what software they support.

--Geoff Hart, FERIC, Pointe-Claire, Quebec
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