HTML Forms class > Lesson 2 – Mailto Forms and Multiple Page Forms

By Jennifer Kyrnin: Get Full tutorial here.

Now we enter the more difficult part of the course – making your forms work. Unfortunately, HTML doesn’t really have any built-in tools or functions to make forms work, for that you have to use programming. But there is a way to use the mailto option, generally found in link tags, to send mail from a Web form.

Mailto Forms

It can be tempting to just slap a mailto:email address entry into your form action and think you’re done. But there’s more to mailto forms than that. This article takes you through the important parts of the mailto form.

The Method Attribute of the FORM Tag

The method attribute is an important attribute for mailto forms. You need to set it to GET to work most effectively.

Sometimes Mailto Forms Don’t Work

Mailto forms are easy to put up, but because they rely on an interaction between the web server, web browser, and an email client, there is a lot that can go wrong. In Day 3, we’ll discuss various alternatives to mailto that you should use if you are writing a mission critical form. But this article will help you troubleshoot your mailto forms and might get them working quickly.

Multiple Page Forms

One of the challenges of writing web forms is that you can’t create multi-page forms easily. The problem is that every time you load a new web page, the browser clears all the data and starts over. That includes any information that was filled out in a form. To solve this, developers have to use tricks like cookies and hidden input tags to hold onto the form data. Learn how to create a complex, multiple-page form in this article.

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