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    Feedback Forms (2000/SP-3)

    I'm making an autorun CD using FP 2000 to make the HTM files. Since the CD will be in a perpetual beta stage, I want to make a Feedback Form where users can make suggestions for improving the CD. I went to File> New >Page... and carefully edited the Feedback Form data with my own. I saved the file to the hard drive with the other CD files and named this one improve.htm.

    My next step was to create a Confirmation Form from the same File> New> Page... route. Again, I carefully edited the page (but not much) and saved it as confirm.htm.

    I launched index.htm, found my improve.htm page, entered feedback, hit 'Submit Comments' and met ye ol' The page cannot be displayed [img]/forums/images/smilies/sad.gif[/img]
    The actual URL that appeared was F:tempCDIPCJ CD--WEBBOT-SELF-- where F: is my test partition and tempCD is where I test various CDs; obviously, this one is for an IPCJ CD.

    So... I'm trying to develop a Feedback Form where users of the CD can submit suggestions for improvement but am running into trouble getting confirmation of the data inputted. I also want the data sent to an e-mail address and (somewhere/somehow) I entered that information.

    What will it take to get the necessary response I'm looking for?

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    Re: Feedback Forms (2000/SP-3)

    I think the problem is that FrontPage has designed the feedback form to submit to a server running FrontPage Server Extensions. The extensions handle all the work of processing the input into the form. A CD (or a hard drive) is a "dumb" medium that can't do anything with a form submitted by a browser.

    One way to submit information that probably doesn't require a web server is to post to a URL like

    mailto:scott@domain.com?subject=CD_Feedback

    The user's browser should open a new email message with the form fields in the body. I'm not sure how you get from there to the confirmation page; using an actual web server would be better for that, I guess.

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    Re: Feedback Forms (2000/SP-3)

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by gsterry on 19-Dec-05 20:31. )</P>
    <hr>I think the problem is that FrontPage has designed the feedback form to submit to a server running FrontPage Server Extensions. The extensions handle all the work of processing the input into the form. A CD (or a hard drive) is a "dumb" medium that can't do anything with a form submitted by a browser.<hr>
    Well, that would certainly explain a lot and is almost akin to why my power strip won't work when it's plugged into itself <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 alt=bingo width=15 height=22>

    <hr>One way to submit information that probably doesn't require a web server is to post to a URL like
    mailto:scott@domain.com?subject=CD_Feedback<hr>
    Hey, I like that... I just edited the 'Submit Comments' button to reflect that change; hopefully, something will happen <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

    <hr>The user's browser should open a new email message with the form fields in the body. I'm not sure how you get from there to the confirmation page; using an actual web server would be better for that, I guess.<hr>
    Well, if the form fields (and input) will appear, I think I could live with that. I suppose once the e-mail is sent that should be confirmation enough until I can reply to the suggestions.

    Thanks for the ideas!

    I'll be sure to let you know if anything happens!
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    Well, that didn't work. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

    I may just forego the use of the form and just write my own questions with an e-mail icon to start a reply <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>

    Any other ideas? <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15>
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    Yeah, just one... scratch the whole thing and keep it simple: set up your page with the questions for feedback and then make an easy 'click here' to start a new e-mail message.

    So I've done that and even found a way* to set up the Subject Line in the e-mail message; however, is there also a way to put ready-made text in that e-mail; specifically, the questions I want answered?

    * mailto:mulder@domain.com?subject=CD_Feedback
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    Okay, I've found this 'code' to add to the e-mail hyperlink in FrontPage 2000:
    <hr>mailtoeople@prayer-center.org?subject=CD Feedback&body=1.) What was the best thing about the CD? 2.) What suggestions would you make to improve the CD? 3.) Please let us know how/where we can send you a newly improved CD!<hr>
    however none of the questions have a hard return to give space. I've tried adding

    </p> and
    </br> along with a few other bits of gibberish to no avail.

    What will it take?

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    Re: Feedback Forms (2000/SP-3)

    I'm not sure whether there is a way to insert line breaks into mailto links. I'm sure it has been discussed in the Lounge before. You could try the % followed by 10 or 13. I haven't tested that.

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    Re: Feedback Forms (2000/SP-3)

    Thanks... after trying those ideas and checking at another FrontPage forum I saw that adding two instances of %zeroA (be sure to substitute an actual 0 for the word zero) gave the results I needed.

    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: Feedback Forms (2000/SP-3)

    Oops, sorry, I forgot to convert from decimal to hex. <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15> 0A hexadecimal is 10 decimal (the traditional "line feed" character). Thanks for posting that.

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    Re: Feedback Forms (2000/SP-3)

    Oh, my... I think I'm back to the power strip thing again :*-)

    Thanks for your help and clarification!

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