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I have come across an issue on MAILTO FORMS with POST, if the form gets too long it appears to not submit or function properly. I am not sure if it is a browser limitation, URL limitation, an email client limitation, email server limitation, web server limitation, or what??? For some reason I cannot attached the code but I would like to hear your opinions one what languages, databases, mail functions... you prefer to do submission forms in (ESPECIALLY LONG ONES). I have Adobe Dreamweaver CS3......

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    Default FORM POSTS

    I have come across an issue on MAILTO FORMS with POST, if the form gets too
    long it appears to not submit or function properly. I am not sure if it is a
    browser limitation, URL limitation, an email client limitation, email server
    limitation, web server limitation, or what???

    For some reason I cannot attached the code but I would like to hear your
    opinions one what languages, databases, mail functions... you prefer to do
    submission forms in (ESPECIALLY LONG ONES). I have Adobe Dreamweaver CS3...

    ecampbel Guest

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    Default Re: FORM POSTS

    We usually caution people how unreliable the mailto: method is, you know?

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    Default Re: FORM POSTS

    Ok, what is the recommended option? That is really my question.

    I started doing it with PHP and sendmail... It just makes for really long code.
    ecampbel Guest

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    Default Re: FORM POSTS

    There are only two ways to process form data -

    1. Use mailto:com as the action of the form
    2. Use a server-side scripting method to a) harvest the form's data, b)
    process it in some manner, e.g., enter it into a database, c) formulate and
    send an email to one or more email recipients, and d) redirect the visitor
    to some ending page

    Method 1 is quite simple, and is also the least reliable. It depends both
    on your visitor having an email client already installed on their computer -
    this eliminates public computers, or home users without email clients
    installed (more and more it seems) - and on the installed email client
    responding to
    the mailto call. It is not possible to use this method *and* send the
    visitor to a
    thank you page as well.

    Method 2a is the preferred method, since it eliminates the problems of
    method
    1, but it means that you have to grapple with server-scripting somehow (ASP,
    CF, PHP, perl, etc.).

    Method 2b would be to use some third-party form processing, like
    http://www.bebosoft.com/products/formstogo/.

    You would have to decide which of these methods is best for your needs,
    but if it's Method 2a, then start by asking your host what they provide for
    form
    processing. If it's 2b, then read their FAQ/instructions carefully.


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