I believe it's just not really handled properly in the clients.  I think
somebody just came up with the idea of using a mailto: as the form action.
It's like using about:blank as the action, not a good idea.

It's basically for people that don't have access to any sort of CGI at all,
because there's a form-to-mail gateway written for every language on earth
probably.  I have no clue why the kiss1053 people would be using that, they
should definately be able to at least have a perl script do that.

All in all, there is no 'hidden' inline attachment or anything when Outlook
comes up.  What you see is what you get, and you don't really get anything
from what I've seen :)

If you really want me utilize that form, you can just type out a relevant
message and send it off to whoever the message is addressed to.

        Ryan Merton
        NERDC Support Desk
        392-2061 x140
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On Thu, 10 Apr 2003, Rachel Gibson wrote:

> Recently I've had some people come to me because of problem forms on other Internet sites. These are HTML forms, on submit the client receives a pop up a message stating
> This form is being submitted using e-mail.
> Submitting this form will reveal your e-mail address to the recipient, and will send the form data without encrypting it for privacy.
> When they select "OK" the email program (Outlook or Groupwise) opens an email with an address and a subject filled in.  However the information from the form fields is not shown anywhere. The message area is blank.
> I'm not familiar with this form action, should I tell these people to change a setting somewhere? Or to send the email because the form variables are passed in the background? How does this type of form work?
> Here's an example
> Thanks! This question has me curious,
> Rachel Gibson
> Corporate Web Developer
> 352.265.0680 ext 80005
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