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NMS FormMail


NMS FormMail is a drop-in replacement for Matt Wright's FormMail script. It converts an HTML form submission to an email message.

Form Configuration

To make use of it, you need to write an HTML form that refers to the

FormMail script. Here's an example which will send mail to the address

'feedback@your.domain' when someone submits the form:

<form method="post" action="http://your.domain/cgi-bin/FormMail.pl">
  <input type="hidden" name="recipient" value="feedback@your.domain" />
  <input type="text" name="feedback" /><br />
  Please enter your comments<br />
  <input type="submit" />

See how the hidden 'recipient' input in the example above told formmail who

to send the mail to ? This is how almost all of formmail's configuration

works. Here's the full list of things you can set with hidden form inputs:

Configuration Variables

recipient - The email address to which the form submission

                         should be sent. If you would like it copied to
                         more than one recipient then you can separate
                         multiple email addresses with commas, for

                          <input type="hidden" name="recipient"

                                value="you@your.domain,me@your.domain" />

                         If you leave the 'recipient' field out of the
                         form, formmail will send to the first address
                         listed in the @allow_mail_to configuration
                         variable (see above).  This allows you to avoid
                         putting your email address in the form, which
                         might be desirable if you're concerned about
                         address harvesters collecting it and sending
                         you SPAM. This feature is disabled if the
                         $emulate_matts_code configuration variable is
                         set to 1.

subject - The subject line for the email. For example:

                          <input type="hidden" name="subject"

                                value="From the feedback form" />

redirect - If this value is present it should be a URL, and

                         the user will be redirected there after a
                         successful form submission.  For example:

                          <input type="hidden" name="redirect"

                           value="http://www.your.domain/foo.html" />

                         If you don't specify a redirect URL then instead
                         of redirecting formmail will generate a success
                         page telling the user that their submission was

bgcolor - The background color for the success page.

background - The URL of the background image for the success


text_color - The text color for the success page.

link_color - The link color for the success page.

vlink_color - The vlink color for the success page.

alink_color - The alink color for the success page.

title - The title for the success page.

return_link_url - The target URL for a link at the end of the

                         success page. This is normally used to provide
                         a link from the success page back to your main
                         page or back to the page with the form on. For

                          <input type="hidden" name="return_link_url"

                           value="/home.html" />

return_link_title - The label for the return link. For example:

                          <input type="hidden" name="return_link_title"

                           value="Back to my home page" />

sort - This sets the order in which the submitted form

                         inputs will appear in the email and on the
                         success page.  It can be the string 'alphabetic'
                         for alphabetic order, or the string "order:"
                         followed by a comma separated list of the input
                         names, for example:

                          <input type="hidden" name="sort"

                           value="order:name,email,age,comments" />

                         If "order:" is used you must supply the names of
                         all of the fields that you want to be in the body of
                         the mail message.

print_config - This is mainly used for debugging, and if set it

                         causes formmail to include a dump of the
                         specified configuration settings in the email.
                         For example:

                         <input type="hidden" name="print_config"
                          value="title,sort" />

                         ... will include whatever values you set for
                         'title' and 'sort' (if any) in the email.

required - This is a list of fields that the user must fill

                         in before they submit the form. If they leave
                         any of these fields blank then they will be sent
                         back to the form to try again.  For example:

                         <input type="hidden" name="required"
                          value="name,comments" />

missing_fields_redirect - If this is set, it must be a URL, and the user

                         will be redirected there if any of the fields
                         listed in 'required' are left blank. Use this if
                         you want finer control over the the error that
                         the user see's if they miss out a field.

env_report - This is a list of the CGI environment variables

                         that should be included in the email.  This is
                         useful for recording things like the IP address
                         of the user in the email. Any environment
                         variables that you want to use in 'env_report' in
                         any of your forms will need to be in the
                         @valid_ENV configuration variable described

print_blank_fields - If this is set then fields that the user left

                         blank will be included in the email.  Normally,
                         blank fields are suppressed to save space.

As well as all these hidden inputs, there are a couple of non-hidden

inputs which get special treatment:

email - If one of the things you're asking the user to fill in is their

          email address and you call that input 'email', formmail will use
          it as the address part of the sender's email address in the

realname - If one of the things you're asking the user to fill in is their

          full name and you call that input 'realname', formmail will use
          it as the name part of the sender's email address in the email.