Lesson 10. So You've Seen Elvis

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What's the first thing you do when you spot Elvis? Report it at the "Elvis Lives" web site! Let's enhance our site to allow visitors to report their Elvis sightings.
  1. Click the mailhost Mail Host object to edit it.

  2. Type the name of your mail server in the SMTP Host field.

Your mail server is typically named mail. For example, mail.elvislives.com. If you don't know the name of your mail server, ask your system administrator, or check the configuration of your mail client.

  1. Click the Save Changes button.

Now Zope can send mail. Next let's edit the template for the Elvis sighting report mail message.

  1. Click the reportAction document to edit it.

This document is called when a site visitor fills out an Elvis sighting form. This document sends you mail telling you about the sighting. Mail is sent with the <dtml-sendmail> tag which works with the mail host you just configured.

Notice that the to and the from line both reference a property named send_to.

  1. Click the Properties tab to edit properties.

  2. Type your email address into the send_to property field.

  3. Click the Save Changes button.

  4. Now go to the reportForm document in the lesson10 folder.

  5. Click the View tab to view it.

  6. Fill out the Elvis sighting form and submit it.

You should now receive a piece of email describing the Elvis sighting.

Congratulations, you've built a mail form. If you receive a Zope error, there is a good chance that you haven't set the SMTP Host setting on your mail host object correctly.


After you create a mail host, you can send mail from any Zope document using the <dtml-sendmail> tag.

In the next lesson you'll learn how to use Zope to put a database on the web.

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