Message-ID: <01BC44D8.4F348D00@jamesl.nrt.net> From: "James E. LaBarre" <email@example.com> To: "'WWW HTML List'" <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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[SMTP:email@example.com] 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 = to.=20 Usually them!!!! Specifically, if you get a form in the mail, you = usually 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 = another 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? Logic... > 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 = WWW page can be answered via e-mail. I do not answer WWW forms via = e-mail!!!!=20 (mostly because it doesn't work, and it shows that the author of the = form 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 = more hassles to the end users, then they're "optional" status has worn thin. = I find e-mail returned forms to be a hassle, and I know from experience = that others have too.