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    Be gentle, this is my first post.

    I use my web site http://www.whysod.com as an on-line brochure so potential customers can become familiar enough with what I do that they'll call and schedule. In spite of the fact that it doesn't look very professional (and I guess it's not supposed to), I get a lot of compliments? I also get a lot of thank-you's for all the information I put into it.

    When I'm busy I'm usually out 8 to 12 hours a day so I rarely have time to work on it except in my slow months. It's been a learn as you go project. This year I hope to completely re-write it so the content makes more sense. I'd like to integrate css into it. I plan reduce the size/loading time of the Photos and graphics. And I plan to optimize it for, and start submitting it to search engines. Whew...

    I mostly confuse myself with HotDog 5.5. For quick editing I use HomeSite 4.0. Lately I've been trying to figure out Adobe GoLive 5.0 without much success. (Is it me, or do their tutorials suck?)

    For several weeks I've been trying to figure out how to use a form on my web site to schedule jobs. I've read several tutorials, but I'm still confused. I put together a prototype at http://www.whysod.com/schedule.html. I plan to add some marketing survey questions and fix the css before I start using it.

    Except for 3 time/date choices, it has the same fields as the scheduling form created in WordPerfect 8. I'm having trouble trying to integrate the data into a merge file. (So I can print it in a similar layout to the forms I'll continue to fill-in by hand as people call to schedule.)

    I downloaded evaluation copies of a couple of mail-to utility programs. But none of them seem to do what I want them to do. I truly dislike the lack of formatting codes in Word 2000, don't much care for Outlook and never invested the time to learn dbase programs. (But getting there is more important than how I get there.) Does anyone have a favorite mail-to program, or am I barking up the wrong tree?

    Until a few days ago I didn't even know what cgi was. And I haven't checked with my hosting company to see if I can even use it. Is cgi the way to go about it? If so, are there any easy to use programs that will get me where I want to be? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks, Rick Hardy

    <Edited by frh on 01-23-2001 at 01:50 AM>

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    Hello newcomer,
    A php/perl or asp script will do what you want but you have to know which one your host supports first. And you dont have to know everything for your needs, basics all you need.
    www.hotscripts.com or
    www.cgi-resources.com has lots of FormMail scripts, if you cannot handle with them I will do write custome one for you in an hour.
    gokhan@sylow.net

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    Hello,

    I would also be glad to write a form E-Mail script for you. In fact, I already have one (coded in ASP). For an example, check out http://www.interfall.com/Franklin. At the bottom of the page, click on either the "problem? Error? Typo?" link or the "Questions? Comments? Want Code?" link. These will take you to pages with my sample E-Mail scripts.

    Glad to be of service.

    Like Sylow said, you need to know if your host supports ASP first (That is, it's a Win NT Server or Win2000 server With IIS installed).
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