Re: "Mailto" Command

James E. LaBarre (
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 11:22:27 -0400

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From: "James E. LaBarre" <>
To: "'WWW HTML List'" <>
Subject: RE: "Mailto" Command
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 11:22:27 -0400

You're forgetting all the users on ISPs, online services, etc. that do =
NOT have access to the server itself in order to *add* the sort of =
functions you want to restrict people to.  The most these people can =
manage is some sort of "mailto" as the only way to get responses from =
page visitors.

It's important to remember that the web is not just for megacorporations =
and big dollar organizations.  There are a lot of local groups and =
individuals publishing on the web, and some consideration needs to be =
made there.

From: 	Carl Morris[]
Sent: 	Monday, April 07, 1997 12:50 PM
To: 	WWW HTML List
Subject: 	Re: "Mailto" Command

> And I blame no one!  Since when should a WWW form not be returned to
> the WWW server that originally served it????

> At least as early as 1993, when HTML + and forms were first being
> kicked around:

Not an answer, if a company sends you a form, who do you send it back =
Usually them!!!!  Specifically, if you get a form in the mail, you =
mail it back.  There is no difference here.  If a WWW server sends the
form, it should go back to the WWW server or at least via HTTP to =
server.  If you get a form in the e-mail, then the answer should be
returned via e-mail.  Its called "it just plain makes sense".

>  Technically it is
> incorrect to send the form anywhere but the server that served it.

> Incorrect with respect to what? Your opinion?


>  The
> problem is all too common though, many people place forms in their
> pages that go back to WEBCRAWLER or other search engines.

In my opinion (and as I recall, Dave Raggett, Tony Sanders, Marc A,
and the other designers of forms) this is a feature, not a bug.

No,  it is the problem that has caused people to think that a form in a =
page can be answered via e-mail.  I do not answer WWW forms via =
(mostly because it doesn't work, and it shows that the author of the =
is lazy, its also usually a sign that the form will not be answered in a
quality fashion, why answer it!)

You may think its nice to have options.  When those options result in =
hassles to the end users, then they're "optional" status has worn thin.  =
find e-mail returned forms to be a hassle, and I know from experience =
others have too.