metafeedback is a script which allows anyone to set up their own feedback form--an HTML form that sends e-mail to someone. All you need to do is write a form with the right names for a few fields. No programming is required. The system is very flexible, so your forms can have as many or few fields as you want.
First, you must make an HTML file specifying what your form will look like. Your file can contain anything you want, as long as the form is specified correctly. If you've never made an HTML form, you should read some of the documentation in this index.
Recall that forms are specified as
<FORM ACTION="URL"> ... </FORM>
To use metafeedback, specify
as the URL. This means that, when the form is submitted, it will be sent to the
ACTION line, you need to tell metafeedback where to
send e-mail to. You do this by placing a hidden field in the form, like this:
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="to" VALUE="email@example.com">
When you submit the form, its contents will thus be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. You would use your own e-mail address, of course.
Next, specify the rest of the form. There are four fields that you should include:
from" and "
name". These should be filled in by an e-mail address and a "real name", respectively.
subject". If you want the person filling out the form to specify the subject, make this a regular input field; if you want all of the mail coming from this form to have the same subject, make the field "hidden" in the same way as the "
to" field and specify the subject in the VALUE part.
Remember that somewhere in the form, you need to have a button to submit the form,
<INPUT TYPE="submit" VALUE="Send this to me">
Your file should be located somewhere where it can be accessed from the Web. You can put it in with all of your other HTML documents; it doesn't have to be anywhere special.
The HTML file has a URL just like everything else on the Web. In your Web browser, you can go to the URL directly, or you can make a link to it from some other HTML file.
Try out your new form! Fill in the fields and press the "submit" button. You should receive mail in a few minutes. Note that, if you filled in the "from" field correctly, you can simply use the "reply" function of your mail-reading program to respond to the e-mail.
There are a few other options that you can specify that change the way that metafeedback works.
<INPUT TYPE="text" NAME="age">
These additional fields will be printed in order of their names in your mail. You may also specify what order they are in: just put numbers at the beginning of the field names. They will be printed without the numbers in your mail. For example, if a form has fields named "1date", "2weekday", and "3time", the fields would be printed out in the order "Date", "Weekday", and then "Time".
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="printHostInfo">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="printName">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="printEmail">
<INPUT TYPE="hidden" NAME="nextURL" VALUE="your URL here">
The Caltech WWW Feedback Form is an example of a form that uses metafeedback. To see how the form was written, go to that page and use the "View Source" command of your browser.
An example of e-mail that was sent to me is:
>From httpuser Fri Mar 10 17:52:58 1995 Return-Path: <httpuser> Received: from broccoli.cco.caltech.edu by piccolo.cco.caltech.edu with ESMTP (8.6.7/DEI:4.41) id RAA20081; Fri, 10 Mar 1995 17:52:53 -0800 From: httpuser Received: by broccoli.cco.caltech.edu (8.6.7/UGCS:4.41) id RAA17364; Fri, 10 Mar 1995 17:52:52 -0800 Date: Fri, 10 Mar 1995 17:52:52 -0800 Message-Id: <199503110152.RAA17364@broccoli.cco.caltech.edu> To: email@example.com Subject: Test of metafeedback Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Thomas Pynchon) Remote host: blend.ugcs.caltech.edu (18.104.22.168) Browser: Mozilla/1.0N (X11; HP-UX A.09.01 9000/715) Name: Thomas Pychon E-Mail: email@example.com Position: Staff Department: Electrical Engineering Wow! It actually works! This is amazing!
If you have any questions or comments about metafeedback, please e-mail