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Author: Thomas E | Website: http://www.snooboo.com/

Right, I have been asked how to make an e-mail link 10 times this week - and after looking for a basic e-mail link instructions in the tutorials and not finding one, I have decided to make my own!

How to make an E-Mail link

In this tutorial I shall use this e-mail address as an example: fktutorials@snooboo.com

Here is the very basic command that will work on a button in Flash. When the user clicks it, their default e-mail client (e.g. Outlook) will open and a new message will be created to the address to have specified.

on (release) {
getURL("mailto:fktutorials@snooboo.com");
}

As you can see - the mailto: defines that is is an e-mail address and not a web page link, and then the address goes in after. Pretty simple hay? Best way to remember it is 'mail' 'to'.

Slightly advanced e-mail link

Getting into slightly more advanced teritory now...
A few people have asked if there is a way to define the subject and body of the e-mail, just by clicking on the link - well there is! Here it is...

mailto:fktutorials@snooboo.com
?subject=Your Subject Here
?body=Your Body Text Here
and to compine the two together...
?subject=Your Subject Here&?body=Your Body Text Here

Examples

To get a message sent to fktutorials@snooboo.com, with the subject "Animals" and the body of "I like animals because" you would use this code in Flash

on (release) {
getURL("mailto:fktutorials@snooboo.com?subject=Aniamls&body=I like animals because");
}

This is what the link looks like - try it out! The text "Why do you like Animals?" is fully customizable

Why do you like Animals?

Problems

For some reasons, some e-mail clients may not pick up multiple spaces. Also some symbols will not be picked up, so here are some special commands to use:
%20 = (space)
%21 = !
%22 = "
%23 = #
%24 = $
%25 = %
%26 = &
%27 = '
There are many more, but a lot of them are letters, play around with the number - remember you can only have 2 digits, no less no more.

I hope that clears a few things up - and I hope you have learnt something from this, feel free to e-mail me if you require any help with this and I can always be found on the Help Forums of FlashKit...

TE

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Added: 2002-06-17
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On FlashKit.com I am asheep_uk, also known as TE. I specialise in HTML with Flash, and web site layout and organisation for best ease of use.
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