unfortunately it's not up to me, the client has a number of sites that use this method for their contact forms. Even if it was up to me, i wouldn't be able to provide any other solution as i am merely a humble html/css designer and faint at the sight of anyhting that has variables
I have just found that this forum has a paid section wehre i can ask someone to do the job for me for a fee, i may have to resort to that (just have to ask the boss first). Normally i'd try to work it out myself, but i really just don't have the time at the moment and my head already hurts enough!
thanks for taking the time though...