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Add option buttons to e-mails?

By assistantforrealestate ·
I want to add option buttons to an outgoing e-mail. I use MS outlook with word as editor. Can I send an e-mail with a series of option buttons (to rate something on a scale from 1-5)that can be seen by most e-mail providers? If so, how?

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by JEPott In reply to Add option buttons to e-m ...

You posted the same question twice.

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by Toivo Talikka In reply to Add option buttons to e-m ...

Would like to send an email containing a form with the option buttons? If the form is an attachment and it is in Word format, the recipients will need to:
a) have Word to open the form
b) fill in what is required and save it
c) send the saved form back as an attachment

If you want to send your message or form in a more compatible format, rather than as an attachment, you can still use Word but make sure you go to Outlook under Tools - Options - Mail Format - Compose in this message format and select HTML.

In an HTML form, like on a web page, you can have option buttons. There may be off-the-shelf collaboration solutions available for Outlook and the Exchange server which can support forms with option boxes, which can be distributed and returned to the sender or a central repository in the server.

However, if you have a web server and a web designer available, you may want to send the emails in pure HTML, forgetting Word altogether. The email would consist of an HTML page, to be rendered by the recipient's email client application like Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird.

The email page in HTML needs to contain a FORM element, specifying the URL or the web page on your web server to receive the response once the form is submitted. The option selection 1-5 would be sent through to your web server with the details of the email address the response came from.

If you receive mailouts in HTML format from TechRepublic and if you know the principles of HTML, you can see how an active HTML email page looks like by clicking View - Show Page Source in most email client applications.

The back end application running on your web server could generate the messages assisted by some kind of Content Management System (CMS) and maintain your mailing list in a database table, plus update the responses from the recipients in another database table.

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