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Language: Web
Expertise: All
Sep 7, 1999

Use an HTML Form to Call the User's E-mail Application

Although you can process e-mail addresses using server-side code, sometimes it is easier to let your server-side code set up the original parameters for the e-mail and then just let the user's own e-mail application handle the rest. Here's a method to get the process started from within an HTML form:

 
<HTML>
<HEAD>
<script language="javascript">
function dosub() {
location.href='mailto:' + document.forms[0].text1.value + '?subject=' +
document.forms[0].text2.value
}
</script>
</HEAD>
<BODY>
<FORM action="" id=form1 method=post name=form1>
Email address: <INPUT id=text1 name=text1 value='ken_cox@hotmail.com' ><br>
Subject:  <INPUT id=text2 name=text2 value='WebBuilder Tip' > <br>
<INPUT type=button onclick="dosub();" value=" OK ">
</FORM>
</BODY>
</HTML>
Ken Cox
 
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