Re: Subject line in Mailto forms

Joel N. Weber II (devnull@gnu.ai.mit.edu)
Sun, 15 Jun 1997 20:37:03 -0400


Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 20:37:03 -0400
Message-Id: <199706160037.UAA15350@ethanol.gnu.ai.mit.edu>
From: "Joel N. Weber II" <devnull@gnu.ai.mit.edu>
To: walter@natural-innovations.com
CC: www-html@w3.org
In-reply-to: <v03102800afc9ddcc6a6c@[205.149.180.135]> (message from Walter
Subject: Re: Subject line in Mailto forms

   X-Quote: I wasn't innocent till I got older. --WIK
   X-Calibur: Signifying that I, Arthur, was to become King of the Britons
   Date: Sun, 15 Jun 1997 11:22:16 -0700
   From: Walter Ian Kaye <walter@natural-innovations.com>

    > 4) You only have 1024 characters for subject and other headers (assuming
    > you do 2).

   You don't need more than that -- it's only meant for creating a template
   email message, not a long dissertation. 1024 characters is a lot! :)

If only 1024 characters are supported, that's a bug, at least according
to the GNU coding standards.  It's not a design problem; it's a bug
in your client.

(Never mind that most of the world ignores GNU...)

   Perhaps a new URL scheme, say "email:"?

I don't see how an email: scheme would buy you anything.  Old
clients break whether you call it email: and they totally lose;
and old clients break the way things are.