Re: WEB-Formproblem with: action=mailto:user@server

Carl Morris (
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 12:27:53 -0500

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From: "Carl Morris" <>
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Subject: Re: WEB-Formproblem with: action=mailto:user@server
Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 12:27:53 -0500

| I agree with Carl that the mailto function is rather new and
| dangerous.  I think the problem arises in that Microsoft is
| "ahead of the game" by offering items such as VB scripting, Active X,
| etc.  I don't believe I remember seeing VB scripting nor Active X
| in the HTML3.2 pages on w3c's web site.  I did however, see mention
| the mailto function from a form is a "standard" feature in HTML3.2,
if not
| 3.0

Well, I think you meant this to go to the list ...  I haven't seen the
reference to mailto in forms, but I haven't taken a very close look... 
I know lots of people who think it aught to be a standard ... and
before you all do, I think you all have one major issue to address to
make it standard...  Exactly how must a browser convert the form to an
email message?  If every browser does it differently ... will the
mailto option be any good?  Probably not...  So if this is addressed in
the HTML 3.2 spec, then you have a standard... until then, it wouldn't
be worth using...