Msg#: 3651783 posted 12:39 pm on May 16, 2008 (gmt 0)
Msg#: 3651783 posted 4:10 pm on May 16, 2008 (gmt 0)
Short answer: It's not possible on any mail client worth its salt.
Mail clients are designed to do one thing: display text. They're good at that, and even at displaying images, but asking them to submit a form to your website is a bad idea. Even if most of them didn't block this behavior (which they do) users aren't used to doing a search from an e-mail, and would probably be suspicious of clicking textboxes and buttons in your email, as they should be. Even if they do figure this out, you're opening them to a wide range of vulnerabilities, including someone spoofing the email and pointing the form to their own server, then asking the user to "log in" and stealing their credentials.
Msg#: 3651783 posted 5:20 pm on May 16, 2008 (gmt 0)
If the search page on your website uses GET to parse user input, you should be able to put a link in your newsletter to display a specifically crafted search.
for example, your newsletter could look like the following:
Hi everyone, We now have awesome blue widgets in stock! Big ones, little ones, square ones, round ones, and double super awesome ones. You can view the widgets at: http://www.example.com/search.php?name=widget&color=blue