Delivering the contents of a web-form to your fax....
(Information for those creating their own web site - if this sounds
complicated, don't panic. Call us
for more help.)
How do I get my web-site order-form to send the orders to my
fax machine ?
When a form is completed and the 'submit' button is pressed it's
usual for the forms contents to be delivered to you by email. Our
systems automatically deliver email to fax machines - so it's simply
a case of using the address we've allocated @fax.co.uk and the message
will pop out of your fax instead.
Ok, but the question remains - how do I get my form to send
There are several ways of achieving this - the overiding factor
when deciding the approach is what facilities you have at your ISP
/ Web-Host. Most good ISP's will have some information on this subject,
they will probably have a 'form to email' script installed somewhere
on their server for your use and maybe even some example forms.
Checkout what your ISP has - look for 'form to email'.
The most common method is to use a 'form to email' 'CGI script',
usually installed in the 'cgi-bin' directory. There are many such
scripts freely available on the 'net which mostly work in the same
way - but the details will vary depending on the script you're using.
The 'action' of the form is set to the location of your 'form to
email' script, maybe:
When the 'submit' button is pressed on the form, the browser wil
send the contents of the form to the script you specify.
Usually - as a minimum you'll need to add the recipients email
address to the form.
It's added as if it's another field on the form:
type="hidden" name="recipient" value="email@example.com">
In this case we've used the field name 'recipient' but this will
depend on what your script requires.
Notice that the type of the field is set to 'hidden' - this simply
hides the field so it doesn't show up on the form.
Here's a simplistic example:
<form name="testform" action="someplace.com/cgi-bin/form2email.pl" >
<p> <input type="hidden" name="recipient" value="firstname.lastname@example.org"> </p>
<p> name: <input type="text" name="name"> </p>
<p> address: <input type="text" name="address"> </p>
<p> <input type="submit" name="Submit" value="Submit"> </p>
So to deliver the form by email - set the recipients email address
to the one we've allocated for you @fax.co.uk - that's it!