E-mailing data file
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Wed Aug 4 09:06:40 CDT 2010
> I created an app that generates a data file. The files are saved on the
> user's hard drive. I want to add an e-mail button that would allow the user
> to send the file by e-mail by selecting the file within the app to send to
> another person who is using my program. How can I do that?
Many people would recommend using mailto. Don't count on it. Microsoft
has imposed a limit on the length of URLs used with that protocol; it's
short, and varies from release to release, making the use of mailto for
setting up emails on Windows unreliable unless you know your
email+attachment will be very short.
I would use a CGI on the server, and post the file to that, which could
then email it to you. You can even compress the data using the built-in
compress function to make the transfer much sorter.
It's a bit more work to set up a CGI, but well worth it: once you get
comfortable with CGIs a very large universe of possibilities opens up to
The basics of getting started with the Rev CGI are here:
If you get going and have any trouble working out the email part of it,
drop a note here and we'll sort it out for you.
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