Creating a Form with Image Attachment Option

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ClimbingRocks / 34 Points
2011-09-09 7:41 pm EST
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Hi! I'm very new to coding and such and I'm wondering if anyone can help me with the coding I would need so that people filling out my form would also be able to attach a couple images to their entry. My form is coded in HTML and uses Perl and CGI scripts on the server, I think... I would also like to note that the entries are being delivered into my Inbox and I would like the images to accompany the entry form. Also, would I have to upload any addition Perl or CGI scripts to the server? Any information you all can provide me with would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks!

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1,846 Points
2011-09-10 6:29 pm EST
Hi ClimbingRocks,

If you're new to coding, you have definitely chosen a more advanced topic to begin with!

I have used PHP before to upload images to a server, but I don't have experience with using Perl to upload images.

In a nutshell, what you'll need to do is:

1. create a contact form that allows users to upload image.
2. After the form has been submitted, email the content to yourself
3. Delete the uploaded content from the server

There's a lot to look out for too. For example, can the user upload any file or does it have to be a .jpg / gif? Is there a file size limit, or can users upload a photo 10MB large?

I don't have any code to provide at this time, but I recommend that you look at this task as separate mini tasks, as outlined 1 - 3 above. Google is going to be your friend for finding the scripts you'll need. Focus on the first step of allowing the user to upload a file. Once you've done that, then work on sending an email with an attachment. Once you've done that, delete the image from the server.

I hope this helps at least point you in the right direction. Let me know if you have any further follow up questions.

- Brad

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