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emailing forms from Activ E-Books


 
mmeachm I have created a form in my e-book I would like to have emailed back to me.  Where (and how) can I place a cgi script like formmail to handle this? (My first solution was a pdf form-fill file.  I was elegant, but didn't work. Unfortunately Adobe requires the full version of distiller on the client side to make this work.)

Posted on: 5:19 pm on March 26, 2001
EBookCompiler Put a formmail script on your website's CGI BIN

for METHOD=  include the full URL of the script

e.g.
http://www.yoursite.com/cgi-bin/formmail.pl

Use TARGET=_blank in the FORM tag

That should kinda do it

There is a formmail script here,http://www.worldwidemart.com/scripts/  you may need to make some mods

One issue is that formmail scripts can be abused, as somebody at another site can link to your script and take advantage of it for spamming or to save their bandwidth and use yours.

Most formmails scripts allow you to restrict the script to being operated from a form on your domain.  However if you use this security feature then the form won't work in an E-Book.

A sort of work round to keep some security while removing the referrer page feature is to call your script something obsure like adaasdasfdsg73.pl instead of formmail.pl - but it is still a little risky...

The safest thing would be to open a web browser window with a link, and put the form page on a page on your site, rather than directly inside the E-Book

HTH


Posted on: 12:57 am on March 27, 2001

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