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TUTORIALS for HTML MAILTO FORMS : Lessons for Learning How to Create MAILTO Forms, including Mailto Command Redirects, Creating Subjects Lines in Mailto Emails, & Spam Prevention.

MailTo Syntax - The MailTo command can do more than enter a single e-mail address in the "Send To" field while activating your e-mail program....

Mailto URL
- The Mailto URL allows mail to be sent do a designated target. The format for Mailto is straightforward:

Redirect mailto: for Spam Prevention - Prevent e-mail siphons from harvesting your e-mail addresses by separating the address from the Web page while still providing a way for users to click a link and have it open their local mailer.

The Mythical Mailto - Every website out there that wishes to interact with its visitors uses a form. This article serves to highlight the growing problems and misconceptions of form handling. Many forms out there fail for one reason: The webdesigner has incorrectly assumed what a visitor has installed.

Out Front - Getting More From 'mailto' - Just about every site has one or more 'mailto' links, allowing people to send email directly from a web page.

What Can MAILTO: Be Used For? - Using the mailto: convention in either forms or href tags is a great way to bypass the need for cgi scripts, Java, or JavaScript in your HTML documents when you want to have greater control over 1) who gets the email sent from your site, or 2) sending form information from your site. Unfortunately, there's few resources available for those who are looking for a comprehensive list of the features that go along with mailto: (and there are quite a few) as these commands are mostly undocumented or hidden - until now.

MSDN - mailto Protocol
- One or more valid e-mail addresses separated by a semicolon. You must use Internet-safe characters. Use %20 for the space character.

About.com - The Mailto Command - Putting links on your site is as easy as using the tag, but sometimes people forget that you can link to more than just "http:///". If you want people to send you email from your Web page, you can use the "mailto" tag. Then, when your readers click on the link, an email browser opens up to allow them to send you email.

MhonarC - MAILTO
Syntax, Description, Default Setting, Resource Variables, Examples, Version, See Also

Angel Fire - HTML mailto tips and tricks
- This page will cover how easy it is to allow people to email their friends from your website using mailto and includes tips and tricks for html forms, each mailto example is a working example

Bloo Berry - Subjects in Mailto: URLs - The E-mail addressing protocol (RFC 822, Aug. '82) allows for the specification of many fields which give the sender control over a variety of sending options and meta-informational content.

About.com - The Mailto - Definition: mailto: WWW Forms to Mail Gateway This package provides a CGI program that converts data submitted through a (forms) tag to simple mail that is sent to a given address.

Google Definition - Mailto - The "mailto:" tag is used to allow someone to click on a word or words and then directly send an email message from the web browser to the email address contained in the mailto: tag. A mailto: tag might look like this: , and would end with the standard . The mailto: tag would result in something that looks like this: For more information contact sanderso@cc.usu.edu.

HTML Tips and Techniques - Mailto - The MAILTO command is a pretty common one in HTML - and also one that is often used poorly. What is MAILTO for, and how is it best used?

Thou shalt not use MAILTO on forms!
MAILTO is a construct you can use to cause some browsers to open an email message window.....

W3C - 17 Forms - An HTML form is a section of a document containing normal content, markup, special elements called controls (checkboxes, radio buttons, menus, etc.), and labels on those controls. Users generally "complete" a form by modifying its controls (entering text, selecting menu items, etc.), before submitting the form to an agent for processing (e.g., to a Web server, to a mail server, etc.)

W3Schools - From - HTML Forms are used to select different kinds of user input.

CS.TUT.FI - How to write HTML forms
To use HTML forms, you need to know how to write a FORM element, containing suitable fields. That's covered well in the tutorials mentioned below. But additionally, you need a form handler, which is some software which processes the form data in some way, e.g. by sending it by E-mail to you or by storing it to a file which you can access. There are several possibilities:

Cornell - HTML Forms for Feedback - Very Simple Form Explanation

Echo Echo - HTML Forms
A form is simply an area that can contain form fields. Form fields are objects that allow the visitor to enter information - for example text boxes, drop-down menus or radio buttons.

HTML Goodies - So, You Want A Form, Huh? - Good idea. It really looks professional when you allow Net surfers to fill in information right to your page rather than using a "mailto:" command. And looks are about it. A form does basically what e-mail does -- it sends information.

WebCom - What are forms? - World Wide Web "forms" (or "fill-out forms") are the computer equivalant of paper forms we fill out all the time in everyday life, such as an application form. You will find a button or link at the end of every WWW form, often labled "Submit". When you push this button, two things are sent to the server: the data you've typed into the form, and an ACTION, which basically tells the server the name of the program which knows how to process that form's data. The server simply invokes that program and passes the form's data to it, and arranges for the output of that program to be sent back to the browser (ordinarily an HTML stream).

 

Setting the Tab Order - Many browsers let users navigate through their links, image maps, and form elements with the Tab key. You can determine a custom tab order to emphasize certain elements.

Web Page Forms - Many browsers let users navigate through their links, image maps, and form elements with the Tab key. You can determine a custom tab order to emphasize certain elements.

Basic Forms - This tutorial outlines the basic format of a html form and the most common form elements.

Forms Accessibility - There are a number of tags and tricks (some from HTML 4.0) that you can combine to make your forms easy to use for all readers.

Forms Presentation - CSS can add some colour into your forms, and instead of using the usual gray submit button at the end, you can finish off your forms with any image you want.

So, You Want A Form, Huh? - This is a basic forms tutorial. It explains the basics of placing input items on an HTML page.

So, You Want A Guestbook, Huh? - This is what everyone wants from a form. A guestbook!

So, You Want An Image Starting Your Form, Huh?
Instead of using the dull gray submit button, why not use a colorful image to submit your form data?

Limiting Checkbox Use
Here's a script that limits the number of checkboxes a person can choose.

So, You Want A Form Attachments - Try to attach files to your email right from your Web pages.

Web Reference - Programming with HTML Forms - The three stages in the design and implementation of a HTML forms-based application are described. Two examples are presented: the first illustrates the basics of forms programming, while the second is a medium size application for searching a text file for matching strings. Testing and user-logging are briefly discussed.

Form Mail - Form-Mail - process your (secure) HTML forms easily! - Want to be able to easily process your HTML forms and have the submitted information e-mailed to you? Automatize your HTML forms and make your website more enjoyable for both you and your visitors!

WDG - How do I use forms? - When the form is submitted, the form data is sent to the URL specified in the ACTION attribute. This URL should refer to a server-side (e.g., CGI) program that will process the form data. The form itself should contain

FIELDSET & LEGEND - Spice Up Those Forms in IE using Fieldset & Legend.

Tabindex Command - Set your forms to jump correctly when a user hits the tab key.

CSS and Forms - Style Sheets allow you so much control over your forms.

Enable/Disable Buttons - Use a checkbox to either enable or disable your form elements.

XForms for HTML Authors
This document is a quick introduction to XForms for HTML Forms authors. ... It assumes knowledge of HTML Forms, so is not a beginner's tutorial. …

HTML Forms Tutorial - HTML Forms Tutorial. Written by the folks at NCSA. The FORM Tag. The FORM tag specifies a fill-out form within an HTML document. More than one fill-out form …

 

HWG - HTML Forms - HTML Forms covers forms, form objects, form validation and working with user input. This class will provide an understanding of how to design and layout HTML forms, how data is passed to functions for validation and submission, protecting your form fields from unwanted user input, creating valid forms and much more.

Editing XML Data Using XUpdate and HTML Forms
In this article I will discuss how XUpdate can be used in conjunction with XSLT to write tools for authors of web-based applications that will automatically generate HTML forms for editing various kinds of data. Forms are the primary means that web-based applications collect information from a user. XML, XUpdate, XSLT can be employed to automate this process for arbitrary data types.

UWA - Writing HTML Forms - The HTML 2.0 standard defines a <FORM> element that can be used to create forms that users can fill out on their web browsers. Any one page can contain more than one form but they can't be nested.

AHFB 2000 - HTML Forms Tags and Tutorials - To make your web site more interactive you can use HTML forms. Forms allow your website visitors to enter information into fields which are then submitted in the way you decide. There are many possibile ways to handle your HTML form, you can have an email sent to you through a form, log ins, CGI scripts (Common Gateway Interface), Perl Scripts, sent to an e-mail address, and more. The possibilities are very wide. (To research more on CGI Scripts and other such things, try searching for it in Google or Yahoo.

MAILTO ENCODER UTILITIES

Advanced Mailto Encoder - Below is one of the most fexible email address encoders available on the web. You are allowed to pick from several options, to select things you want to do and things that you don't, and to finally see the end results.

Mailto Software for Eudora - When you see an active e-mail address in Netscape, it probably has a mailto URL behind it. That lets you click on the address to automatically open an e-mail client and create a new mail message with the correct address. With Mailto Watcher, Eudora is opened (if necessary), and a new composition window is created with the e-mail address placed in the To field.

MailTo Protector 3.0 Email Link Generator & Encoder
MailTo Protector is a tool for webmasters, used to create encoded mailto links for their web pages.

Make HTML Forms Without Programming
Create HTML forms without any HTML programming or HTML code, make business forms, application forms, legal forms, real estate forms and more.

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