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[Whatwg] Request for HTML-only print link

From: Anthony Jawad <ahj5@cornell.edu>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 21:34:43 -0700
Message-ID: <46AAC763.7070703@cornell.edu>
Sander wrote:
> But what about the mailto-pseudo-protocol then? If you have no 
> configurated email client installed on the system you're working on then 
> that won't work either.

I think that 'mailto' is an instance of a different case.  The idea is that 
'mailto:someone at somewhere.something' is nothing more than an identifier for 
someone's email inbox (loosely speaking), and not an instruction for some sort 
of behavior.  'mailto' is just a syntactic URI scheme that the user agent can 
associate with an email client.

Perhaps one can imagine some sort of analog with a 'printer' URI scheme to refer 
to some user's printer (much like 'file' is meant to designate local files). 
I'm not very familiar with the specs, so it might even be the case that one 
already exists, though I really can't see a good use for such a thing.

-- Anthony Jawad
Received on Friday, 27 July 2007 21:34:43 UTC

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