On Sep 19, 2010, at 6:00 PM, Joe Jackson wrote:

> Hi
> Sorry for the simple question but I am trying to get my head around PHP.  I
> have a sample PHP script that I am trying to use to send a php powered email
> message.  The snippet of code is shown below....
>    mail('em...@address.com', 'Subject', $values['message'], "From:
> \"{$values['name']}\" <{$values['emailaddress']}>");
> This works fine, but how can I add in other fields to the email that is
> recieved?
> For example in the form there are fields called, 'emailaddress',
> 'telephone', 'address' and 'name' which I need to add into the form along
> with the message field
> Also with the formatting how can I change the format of the email to
> Name: $values['name'],
> Address: etc
> Message:


The mail command lets you send mail (an RFC2821 envelop). The function is:

bool mail ( string $to , string $subject , string $message [, string 
$additional_headers [, string$additional_parameters ]] )

$to is where you want it to go
$subject is whatever you want the subject to be
$message is the information you want to send
Ignore the other parameters unless you are very familiar with RFCs 2821, 2822 
and their associated RFCs

So if you want to send info from a form you might want to roll it up in xml and 
send it via the message part. when you receive it you can easily decode it. If 
you don't want to do that put it in a format that you can easily decode on the 
receiving end.

Basically "mail" is a way to deliver information in the $message body. How you 
format the information there is up to you. However, depending on your system's 
config you are probably constrained to placing only 7bit ascii in the $message 

You might also move away from the mail function and look at phpmailer at sf.net 
if you need more complex capabilities.


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