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How to use Mailback Forms

Please note: Due to security reasons and SPAMMERS, all prevoius versions of this script have been disabled.

The mailback form allows Access Orlando users to add comment forms to their home pages. The information in the form is parsed and emailed back to the user. The result will be automatically emailed to username@ao.net where username is the location of the form. For example, if your username is "bill" and the form HTML page is at: http://www.ao.net/~bill/myform.html the result will be emailed to bill@ao.net.
An example HTML form is at the bottom of this page.

In building your form, you only need to supply the form action and the input fields you would like.


The Form Tag:

<form action="http://www.ao.net/cgi-bin/forms/aomailer.cgi" method="POST">


The following fields are optional, but may assist you in making your form more user friendly.

Optional Form Fields:
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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.

Syntax:
<input type=hidden name="subject" value="Your Subject">
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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. 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">
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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">
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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:
<input type=hidden name="redirect" value="http://www.ao.net/~username/thanks.html">
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Field: required

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. 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 realname and email 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="realname,email">
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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 the form 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 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 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,name3,etc...">
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Field: print_blank_fields

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. The script defaults to turning this off, so that unused form fields aren't e-mailed.

Syntax:

If you want to print all blank fields:
<input type=hidden name="print_blank_fields" value="1">
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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">
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Field: return_link_url

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" value="http://www.ao.net/~username/index.html">
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Field: return_link_title

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 as:

<ul>
<li><a href="return_link_url">return_link_title</a>
</ul>

Syntax:
<input type=hidden name="return_link_title" value="Back to Main Page">
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Field: missing_fields_redirect

Description: This form field allows you to specify a URL that users will be redirected to if there are fields listed in the required form field that are not filled in. This is so you can customize an error page instead of displaying the default.

Syntax:
<input type=hidden name="missing_fields_redirect" value="http://www.ao.net/~username/error.html">
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Field: bgcolor

Description: This form field allow you to specify a bgcolor for the form results page. 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">
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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">
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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">
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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">
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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">
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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. There is no limit as to how many other form fields you can use with this form, except the limits imposed by browsers and your server.


Example Form Using this Script:
(Note: this form will not email, but will show the result page. Please use it to view the HTML code)


Name:

Address:

City, State, Zip:

E-Mail address:

Message:


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