My company currently has a few e-mail forms on our side which have always been in CGI. Now they want to switch to the ASP version and I need to write the specifications. Is there anything that I will need to know besides saying "replicate functionality" by reprogramming the forms in ASP?
Also, I noticed that there is an e-mail address specified in the URL of the
e-mail forms now. When an email gets sent, does it go directly to the e-mail
address listed? Does the same thing happen in ASP?
Regarding whether the e-mail address appears in the URL--it doesn't need to.
The technical details: the ASP script will accept user input from an HTML form. This input will be packaged into an e-mail. E-mail is sent between servers using a simple protocol called SMTP (which stands for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, ironically enough). I assume your Web server is using IIS--fortunately for you, all recent versions of IIS include a SMTP server software which can handle forwarding the e-mails to the destination. Like I said, you don't need to worry about any of this, because programs like FrontPage take care of all the technical details automatically.
This was first published in September 2001