We're starting again with a new and different script. The digital running clock had a couple of bugs in it so I've pulled it down and we'll start fresh with a guestbook script. You're going to like this one, too. As soon as I work the bugs out of the other script, we'll get it up and running again.
Now, we start again with a guestbook script that carries all the bells and whistles.
I'll take this first Script Tip and simply tell you the process, since I know I've posted the next one straightaway.
The guestbook is a simple mailto: format, so all Netscape browsers will run it, but only IE 4.0 or better can get it to work. The process of the guestbook follows this pattern:
- Two prompts are called on right away. They take your name and e-mail address and assign variable names to those two values.
- The guestbook then displays.
- Once the user has filled in the text he or she wants to send to you, they click the button and the rest of the script pops to life.
- The Submit button fires up a function called verify().
- This function opens a second window that contains the user's name and e-mail address plus the text that was written in the TEXTAREA box.
- That information displays in the new window as bold and italic just for effect. And it really looks great, don't you think?
- I know the new window reads that closing the window will send the e-mail: That's not true. The purpose of the new window is to slow people down for a moment so that the server e-mail has the ability to actually send the mail.
- When the mail arrives at your e-mail box, the subject line will read that you have e-mail from Name at E-mail address.
It's a pretty full process. Feel free to add to it or take away parts you don't want attached to it. I wrote the script and I give you free reign over it. Of course, a link back to this script tip would be nice, if you get the notion.
Next Time: Get the Name! Get the E-mail! Put It In The Subject Line!